(Detroit, MI) – A 39-year old father of two has been sent back to Mexico after living in the United States for 29 years.
Jorge Garcia was brought over to the United States by a relative when he was 10 years old. He’s been here ever since, married and has two kids. Past work includes gardening and he has NO arrest record.
His wife Cindy and their kids 12 and 15 had a tearful goodbye as their father was ordered to leave for no apparent reason outside of just being Mexican. Yes, technically, he’s still illegal but he and his wife have been working since 2005 to legalize his status.
He alerted himself to ICE and in 2009 he was told to expect deportation. However, the Obama Administration was lenient and gave them several extensions to become an American citizen. In November, under Trump’s administration he was told he had to go. And to add injury to insult, he could be banned from reentering the U.S. for 10 years.
Jorge doesn’t qualify for DACA as the age requirement means he would’ve had to have been under age 31 in June of 2012 to request permanent status. He was 32.
Protesters joined the family at the airport with signs that said “Stop tearing families apart.” Cindy Garcia says the whole scenario has been a nightmare.
Garcia was escorted through the checkout desk by two ICE agents. The agency hasn’t responded to inquiries about Garcia’s case.