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Detroit dad deported to Mexico after 30 years in U.S.

January 17, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Detroit dad deported to Mexico after 30 years in U.S.

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A Detroit man who had resided in the U.S. for close to 30 years has been deported back to his native Mexico.

Jorge Garcia immigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was ten years old and has long tried to obtain legal status, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The 39-year-old was too old to qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is restricted to immigrants who were born after June 1982.

On Monday, Garcia was deported and is not permitted to return to the U.S. for ten years.

“Jorge is devastated, he’s sad,” his wife, Cindy Garcia, said on MSNBC. “My kids and myself are also sad. It’s a nightmare that we don’t wish upon anybody.”

During his annual check in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in November, Garcia discovered he’d been listed to be deported as part of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown. His wife said in an interview with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle that Garcia did not have a criminal history and that the previous administrations had authorized the father of two U.S.-born citizens stays of removal.

“They said, ‘He was brought here at 10, and that was his crime that he had committed, and because the paperwork was in the process that he had to leave the country,'” Cindy Garcia added.

A request from Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell of Dearborn delayed the deportation date to permit Garcia to spend the holidays with his family.

Immigrant advocates contend that deporting individuals like Garcia separates families.

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