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This family has spent the last 16 months on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border due to Trump's immigration policies. But unlike many in their situation, Jason Rochester voted for Trump.

Read more from @JennyJarvie:  https://lat.ms/2JRN2CT 

Jason Rochester knew Trump planned to get tough on immigration. He just never imagined any of it would apply to his wife, Cecilia, who crossed the border illegally.  https://lat.ms/2JRN2CT 

After deciding to self-deport, Cecilia was permanently barred from returning to the U.S. Then, the family discovered their son Ashton had a cancerous mass tumor in his kidney.

Cecilia was denied parole to go see him in the U.S.  https://lat.ms/2JRN2CT 

Jason Rochester is now focused on trying to change immigration laws, while Ashton is finally in the clear after months of treatment.  https://lat.ms/2JRN2CT 

As a white Trump voter, Jason makes an unlikely immigration activist. But having Cecilia miss out on moments like walking Ashton to his first day of kindergarten has pushed him to try to persuade Congress to overhaul immigration laws.  https://lat.ms/2JRN2CT 

Ashton Rochester's kindergarten class made this booklet and sent it the Trump administration in the hopes of helping his mother get accepted back into the U.S.  https://lat.ms/2JRN2CT 

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