Dad deported to Mexico after 30 years in US

Frederick Owens
January 17, 2018

Jorge Garcia has lived in the USA since he was 10, has paid all his taxes since he first got a job, and doesn't even have so much as a traffic ticket to his name, his supporters say-but on Martin Luther King Day, the 39-year-old landscaper and father of two was deported to Mexico because he was here in the USA illegally, the Detroit Free Press reports.

According to Fox 8, Garcia was brought to the us illegally when he was 10 years old.

Mr. Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in 2012 to protect "Dreamers" - young immigrants who, like Mr. Garcia, were brought to the country illegally as children.

Garcia's wife Cindy sobbed on Monday morning as the couple and their two children held a group hug ahead of the airport security checkpoint, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Jorge Garcia says goodbye to his family at Detroit Metropolitan airport before being deported, January 15, 2018.

Cindy is working to get Jorge back into the United States, but it could take up to 18 months just to get a hearing.

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. His supporters say he has no criminal record - not even a traffic ticket - and pays taxes every year.

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"Our kids. are devastated by this whole situation", Cindy Garcia said.

"I love you and we're going to miss you".

"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", Cindy Garcia told WXYZ-TV. The 39-year-old landscaper was deported on Monday and can't return to the USA for a decade.

"It was very sad, knowing that we had to face this head on and there was no more extensions that were coming", she said.

A petition launched on, titled "Help Jorge Garcia return to his family in Lincoln Park!" now sits at more than 3,000 signatures. "If you're going to pick someone who's ideal", he would be it. "He's never been in trouble, period". "This is the place he knows". "This is why I am involved in advocacy for immigrant rights".

She has described the family's scenario as a "nightmare". His family had pleaded with ICE to extend his time until a new DACA law could be enacted.

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 because there is nothing else that you can do".

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