In fear of deportation: five hours that can make or break a family's future

For Joe and Mei Chen, their appointment at the federal immigration agency, Ice, in New York would determine if they would be separated from their children

8.30am: today could change their lives foreverIn late October, at a Dunkin’ Donuts in lower Manhattan, a crowd of 40 volunteers gathered around Joe and Mei Chen and their three children.An undocumented couple, the Chens were on their way to a check-in appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice). That morning, they faced the prospect of being separated from their US-born children, taken into detention, and deported to China.The volunteers wore long-tailed “S” symbols pinned to t...