Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Immigrant living in Michigan for 30 years deported to Mexico

Immigrant living in Michigan for 30 years deported to Mexico

He arrived one year before he could qualify under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Today, Garcia is married with two children, all of which are full United States citizens.

Mr. Garcia is still pursuing a green card, his wife said. Garcia, reportedly brought to the United States illegally at the age of 10, was said to have paid taxes and had no criminal record, according to supporters.

In other words, Garcia was figuratively kicked down the road by the previous administration's policies of not enforcing immigration laws on the books, and now that the Trump Administration has chose to enforce the laws, Garcia becomes the new face of government cruelty for immigration advocates.

"How do you do this on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?" Erik Shelley, a leader with Michigan United, an immigrants rights advocacy group told the DFP.

Pullquote: It's another example of the tone-deafness of this administration. "If Jorge isn't safe, no one is safe". Two U.S. immigration agents kept a close watch nearby.

Garcia's wife Cindy is trying to bring him back to the U.S. They also have two children.

Mr Trump is now in talks with Congressional leadership to attempt to develop an immigration law that could help undocumented immigrants who came to the USA when they were children, and had little choice in the matter.

Especially painful will be being separated from his children, Soleil and Jorge Garcia Jr., 12.

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Jorge Garcia, 39, of Lincoln Park with his wife, Cindy Garcia, in a Detroit home on January 14, 2018, on the eve of him being deported to Mexico.

Help could be on the way for people like Garcia in the form of a new DACA that would extent to older immigrants, but because he was already deported he may not qualify even if that bill eventually passes.

"We've never done anything without the permission from immigrations because anytime we leave the city you have to tell them where you are going", Cindy Garcia said.

When Garcia reported to ICE in November as part of a regular check-in process, he was told that he had to leave the country and he would be detained, but thanks to a request by Rep.

"It's heartbreaking", Bonesatti said.

"The interviews and processing of green cards is extraordinarily slow and challenging", said Sara Curran, a migration expert and the director of the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the University of Washington.

Moreover, Mexico is a foreign place for him, and he's anxious about finding work and creating a new life. Since then, they have met with immigration officials annually, and each time his deportation was delayed.

Before his deportation, Garcia spoke of his sadness and worries for the future.

"It's a nightmare, coming to life", she said.

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