She’s the ‘other mom’ to 1148 children – Sun Sentinel

In November, she had 900. Today: 1,148. That’s how many children consider Nora Sandigo their other mom.

Some live as far away as California; others, within her Miami home. They have one thing in common: they are the American-born children of undocumented parents. Afraid of deportation, their parents give Sandigo legal authority to care for them if immigration officials come knocking.

And they are coming now at an overwhelming rate. The families of about 250 kids have sought Sandigo’s help following President Donald Trump’s call for widespread deportations. Her attorney, Alfonso Oviedo, said he’s not aware of any law that would limit the number of kids she could accept.

“We have no choice. We have to say yes to people,” said Sandigo, 51, who fled her war-torn Nicaraguan home in the 1980s. “If this were my case, and no one said yes, I would be dead.”


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