Jorge Garcia, 39, had been living in the US for 30 years and was working as a landscaper when a judge ordered that that he be deported. He's now staying in Mexico City.
"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. However, his request was denied.
Before his deportation, Garcia spoke of his sadness and worries for the future. "I got to leave my family behind, knowing that they're probably going to have a hard time adjusting".
Jorge Garcia was surrounded by his wife and two children shortly before he boarded a plane to Mexico Monday.
Garcia's wife, Cindy, spoke out on her husband's deportation, describing the situation as a "nightmare".
"There is a misconception that, if an immigrant has an American spouse, parent, or child, that there is a legal procedure to legalise that immigrant", she said. "All they know is their dad is gone and they don't know when they're going to see him again", she says. The report acknowledged that Garcia is not allowed to reenter the United States for at least 10 years.
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.More news: Girl with cancer sues her elementary school for banning her medical marijuana
Cindy Garcia said she is working on getting Jorge Garcia back to the US but it's going to be at least 18 months until she get a hearing with consulate. Previously, Garcia would be allowed to remain in the states after so many years but with the recent crackdown on immigrants under the Trump administration, he has been ordered to vacate.
She urged others to be sympathetic toward the issue of immigration.
The couple regularly reported to ICE officials and were forced to seek permission when leaving their home town.
His deportation date was set for the day after Thanksgiving.
"I am a USA citizen and it is affecting me".
Moreover, Mexico is a foreign place for him, and he's anxious about finding work and creating a new life.
The family was too depressed to have a Christmas tree. " ... You have no choice but to face it head-on, and accept what is being thrown at you".
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