FALLON, Nev. (KOLO) - Their family photos show a typical American success story, two generations enjoying life and each other.
The head of the household, Juan Vincencio-Robles has kept a low profile working, supporting a wife and five kids. He wasn't the biological father of the oldest boy, but he raised him from age two, the only father Jose Peru-Navarrete ever knew.
And as Jose Peru approached manhood, a proud father encouraged him to join the military. He joined the Army.
"He's been nothing but hard working," says Jose proudly. "He's been an example to me. He raised me to be the good young man that I am. He just raised a daughter that's about to go into the Navy."
All this came to a sudden end recently. An incident in the family car--everyone involved says it was a misunderstanding--brought local police into the picture.
The charge is a misdemeanor, bail $3,000 dollars. Not a great turn of events for any family, but for this family it's been catastrophic because Juan arrived in the U.S. 22 years ago at age 17, entering illegally.
The misdemeanor charge put him on Immigration and Customs Enforcement's radar. They put a hold on him. It's assumed he'll be deported.
A military policeman based at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and assigned to detention duties, Sgt. Peru-Navarrete has served two deployments to Iraq. He's due for another this year, likely to Guantanamo.
When his family learned they could not bail Juan out, it was time they thought for Jose to come home.
Rushing home on emergency leave, he's been unable to see his father except in the courtroom. It hurt, Jose says, to see his father in shackles and he worries he's not doing well behind bars,.
His father lacks the son's language skills and knowledge about life in custody. Fundamental things like buying extra food or getting another blanket, and as a correctional officer himself, he questions some of what his father is experiencing.
His mother's attempt to get his father a Bible was not allowed for instance. Visitation at the Fallon jail is by video, and until late Wednesday, the system has been down. We checked with the sheriff and was told it was working. She went for a visit which was cut to 10 minutes without explanation.
Sgt. Peru will have to leave for Kansas on Friday. He'll depart with worries for his family back in Fallon and the fear he may never see his father again.
"It's just a lot of stress, sir, thinking that everything you do for this country and they can't do the one thing--keep your family safe. But here I am in this situation about to lose my father."
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