This week, a father from Michigan who was brought to the United States as a child was deported to Mexico. Immigration officials together with his family said that the reason given for the deportation was that he was undocumented after living in the United States for more than thirty years. Jorge Garcia was seen in an emotional video while he was embracing his wife, daughter goodbye on Monday at Detroit Metropolitan gates. Garcia’s wife and daughter sobbed while he held them in his arms.
In the immediate neighborhood, activists shouted and chanted anti-trump slogans while holding charts and signs saying that Trump should stop the separation of families. When Garcia was brought to the US at the tender age of ten, he was undocumented through the US immigration department which has led to his deportation back to Mexico three decades later at the age of 39.
His wife Cindy Garcia together with their family attorney said that at this moment, both Garcia and his entire family are sad and very devastated. Cindy Garcia is a United States citizen by birth, unlike her husband who was an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. Cindy said that it was a tragedy and nightmare of gigantic proportions that she and her family would never wish on any other American. Jorge Garcia has resided in Michigan for the last thirty years but was too old to qualify for the Differed Action Against Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that was enacted while President Obama was still in the White House.
DACA program saw the protection of individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children or had not been documented. Cindy Garcia said that their family had been trying to change her husband’s status of immigration for years on end and that her husband had not committed any criminal offense for the three decades that he lived in the United States. She said that Garcia and his family had tried to change his immigration status back in 2005 but got into removal status after their then lawyer filed the incorrect paperwork.
Jorge Garcia would go on to lose the case including an appeal that he subsequently applied for before a US federal immigration Judge in Michigan. Garcia received the final court order for removal in the year 2009. However, Garcia’s family was given a stay of deportation after the judgment was issued. Since then, Garcia has been making appointments with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.