Manuel Jesus Cordova – An Immigrant Hero

I thought I’d provide some links to interesting blogs and stories about Manuel Jesus Cordova’s decision to save a child’s life in favor of his own freedom. (The following are excerpts. The full posts and articles can be read via the links.)

Illegal Immigrant Hero Father Deserves Medal and Visa, not Deportation
“The capacity to love is a vital, rich and all-consuming function…you can find nobility and sacrifice and love wherever you may seek it out…”–Rod Serling

Hero father Manuel Jesus Cordova Soberanes gave up his attempt to come to the United States and instead turned himself over to the Border Patrol, all to save the life of a injured nine-year-old American boy. Cordova found the boy wandering in the Arizona desert after the boy’s mother was killed in a car crash on Thanksgiving Day. Cordova, who was promptly deported, said:

“I am a father of four children. For that, I stayed. I never could have left him. Never.”

Native American Reader Fires Back at Immigrant Bashers
Friday, November 30th, 2007
Recently hero father Manuel Jesus Cordova Soberanes gave up his attempt to come to the United States and instead turned himself over to the Border Patrol, all to save the life of a injured nine-year-old American boy. Cordova found the boy wandering in the Arizona desert after the boy’s mother was killed in a car crash on Thanksgiving Day. Cordova, who was promptly deported, was a noble good Samaritan–to learn more, see my recent blog post Illegal Immigrant Hero Father Deserves Medal and Visa, not Deportation.

Migrant thought of own kids in rescue
By AMANDA LEE MYERS – Associated Press Writer
Last Updated 3:55 pm PST Wednesday, November 28, 2007

PHOENIX — An illegal immigrant who gave up his long walk into the U.S. to help a boy whose mother was killed in a van crash in the desert said Wednesday that he never thought of leaving the child.

“I am a father of four children. For that, I stayed,” Manuel Jesus Cordova Soberanes said in Spanish from his home in the Mexican state of Sonora. “I never could have left him. Never.”

Authorities said Cordova may have saved the life of 9-year-old Christopher Buztheitner, whose mother was killed when their van ran off a cliff in a remote area north of the Mexican border on Thanksgiving Day.

Jesus Manuel Cordova, Latin American Hero
(The references to Ron Paul on this site lead me to believe it is not for helping undocumented workers, but this is a good write-up on the tale of Manuel Cordova.)
Written by Oyate
Monday, 26 November 2007
A great tale of heroism comes to us in the middle of a lot of bad news. We don’t know the names of the Americans involved, just the name of a lone hero called Jesus Manuel Cordova.

As reported by the Associated Press, a nine-year old boy who had just lost his father two months ago was with his mom. They were out cruising a forest service road in their van on Thanksgiving day.

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