Metro Detroit immigrant deported to Mexico after 30 years in US

Michele Moreno
January 17, 2018

His supports say that he doesn't have anything close to a criminal record: He never even got a traffic ticket, they say.

A man, and father, who has lived in MI for the past 30 years has now been deported.

Garcia was brought to the country with an undocumented relative when he was 10 years old, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Garcia had been facing an order of removal from immigration courts since 2009, but under the previous administration, he had been given stays of removal.

This story is sure to be played out across the media, both mainstream and social, as another case of the dictatorial Trump Administration ripping babies from the arms of mothers and tossing them over the already-built portions of the wall between the United States and Mexico, and leaving them to fend for themselves.

"It's just a nightmare", his wife, Cindy Garcia, told the Detroit News, after watching her husband walk through the airport scanners. His wife and 15-year-old daughter sobbed in his arms.

Cindy Garcia said the moment didn't feel real until the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents stepped up to take him.

"That's when the tears just started flowing, because we knew that was going to be it".

To make matters worse, Garcia's deportation - and saying goodbye to his family - was slated for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Cindy Garcia said she has become an advocate for immigrant rights due to seeing what has happened to her husband and the rest of the family.

He came to America illegally with his parents when he was ten-years-old - one year before he could qualify under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Video shows ICE agents making sure Jorge Garcia boarded a plane to Mexico.

Jorge Garcia said he had asked ICE officials if they could wait until new DACA legislation is passed, which might expand the age range for immigrants to qualify.

They recently checked in with immigration services, and that's when they were told he had to leave. "Me not being there for them".

In a statement to WXYZ Detroit, Cindy Garcia said it could be up to 18 months before she gets a hearing with the consulate to determine whether her husband will be able to return to the U.S.

The couple regularly reported to ICE officials and were forced to seek permission when leaving their home town.

Other reports by Insurance News

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