Mother-in-law Letter

Dear Honorable Immigration Judge,

I am writing regarding my son-in-law Pedro Perez  Guzman who is awaiting a bond hearing so that he can be returned to his loving family. We all miss him and I want to share a little about who he is and what he means to me.

I recently moved from Michigan to North Carolina to be near my daughter Emily, Pedro and my grandson Logan. Although I have known Pedro for many years he and my daughter have always lived quite a distance away and I wasn't able  to see them very often. Since the move  I have spent a great deal of time with them and thus had a chance to get to know Pedro better.  He is a wondrously generous and hard-working man. I have been deeply moved by his dedication to family, his loving nature and his willingness to help whenever and wherever he can. He is a deeply loving father to my grandson Logan and provides a stable, positive, active environment for him.  I have been impressed, not only as a mother and grandmother but as a teacher with Pedro's love and guidance  as he cares for his son. One day I watched him carefully weave a beautiful bracelet as he talked to Logan about how he made these as a young boy. Logan was completely intrigued and engaged. Pedro often takes Logan to museums and parks and they both enjoy a good fishing trip!  Logan is bright, quick and curious and this has a great deal to do with Pedro's day to day care of Logan while my daughter is at work. As you can imagine Pedro's absence over the last 9 weeks has been devastating for my grandson. He misses Pedro and talks about him constantly. He asks me regularly to help him get his Daddy back.  Please help me help him!

Along with caring for his son, cooking and cleaning for his family Pedro  has also helped care for my mother. She moved to North Carolina with me and is 80 years old and somewhat frail. Since we moved Pedro has visited her frequently to both keep her company as well as to take her places, help her with tasks around the house and to cook for her. This was profoundly helpful, and meant so much for my mother's quality of life.  Pedro did this with kindness, thoughtfulness and a sense of humor which brought a great deal of joy to my mother. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and to consider this case. Pedro is a good man and an important part of our family and his community.


Pamela Alberda


Pedro was detained at Stewart Detention Center for 19 months.

NACARA is the type of relief Pedro was granted. Click here to find out what it is.