Father deported to Mexico after living in United States for 30 years

Pauline Gross
January 17, 2018

After spending three decades in the United States, a 39-year-old MI man was sent back to Mexico by ICE agents, according to the Detroit Free Press.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday deported an undocumented immigrant who was brought to the U.S.at the age of 10 and leaves behind a wife and two children. However, because he is 39 years old, he is disqualified from applying for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

His wife and children are USA citizens and he's fought hurdles for years to become a citizen as well, but to no avail, according to the Detroit Free Press.

- After 30 years in Detroit, Jorge Garcia said goodbye to his family as he complied with a deportation order back to Mexico on Monday morning.

"We did not want to put up a Christmas tree because it was way too sad to even get to that point", said his wife of 15 years, Cindy Garcia, according to The Detroit News.

Garcia's case is the latest in the list of incidents involving immigrants facing deportation or arrests as the Trump administration strives to keep them out of the country.

"We love you, Jorge", said Mayra Valle of Detroit as he hugged his wife and children.

Garcia and his wife Cindy are seen above with their two children.

Jorge Garcia, 39, was torn away from his family and life in MI on Monday.

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"There is a misconception that, if an immigrant has an American spouse, parent, or child, that there is a legal procedure to legalise that immigrant", she said.

Cindy Garcia said she and her husband have been working since 2005 to help Jorge Garcia become a legal citizen.

"It's like plucking a main artery, like, their lifeline, taking it from them and then just putting it somewhere else", said family friend Norma Garza Jones, 44, of Detroit.

"That's when the tears just started flowing, because we knew that was going to be it it wasn't much that we could do", said Cindy Garcia.

"It's heartbreaking", Bonesatti said. "He's never been in trouble, period".

"This is his home", Bonesatti said. "This is why I am involved in advocacy for immigrant rights". He even lobbied ICE agents this time around to let him stick around until new DACA rules, which might expand the age range, are possibly passed, but they weren't willing to do so.

She has described the family's scenario as a "nightmare".

Cindy Garcia, a retired Dearborn, Mich., truck plant worker, worries about supporting her family. " ... You have no choice but to face it head-on, and accept what is being thrown at you".

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