The Inquirer

of President Reagan’s amnesty program and were awarded U.S. citizenship. Enacted in 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act granted amnesty to nearly 3 million illegal immigrants while at the same time cracking down on employers by criminalizing the act of knowingly hiring undocumented immigrants. In 1997, the couple opened Café Con Leche in Newtown Borough. In 2005, the café was booming, and the Luccis bought a second restaurant in hopes the extra funds would pay for their four children’s college tuitions. Patagonia Bar and Grill in Northampton’s Richboro section had seating for 200 and a liquor license. The couple mortgaged their home and invested all of their savings into the new restaurant. “It was a chaotic time in our lives, and I believe we were in over our heads,” said Silvia Lucci. When the economy crashed in 2008, so did the restaurant. In 2012, they closed the Northampton restaurant and declared bankruptcy. They still have the business in Newtown. Soon after came a letter from a university where their son, Facundo, was in his final year. Unless the Luccis paid a $30,000 tuition bill within the next three weeks, Facundo could not return to school. The same day she received the letter, the 52-year-old Silvia suffered what she later learned was a mild stroke. When the ambulance arrived, she refused to go to the hospital. The family did not have health insurance, and she feared they would be financially ruined. At home in Warminster, Silvia struggled with her mobility and failing health. Daniel decided to use his skills as a chef to h