Detriot father Jorge Garcia hugs his family before he's deported to Mexico after living in the U.S. for 30 years.

Detriot Free Press Remix by Samantha Grasso

Detroit father deported after living in the U.S. for 30 years

The U.S. is the only home he's known.


Samantha Grasso


Posted on Jan 16, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:37 am CDT

His parents brought him to the United States when he was 10, where he’s lived for three decades. His wife and his two children, 12 and 14, are citizens; his supporters say has no criminal record; and he pays taxes. But on Monday morning, he gave his family one last hug at the Detroit Metro Airport before being deported to Mexico, as two immigration agents kept watch.

According to the Detroit Free Press, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement  (ICE) deported 39-year-old Jorge Garcia on Monday. His wife, Cindy, told the publication that the family has spent $125,000 in legal fees since 2005 in an attempt to get Garcia, who is undocumented, legal status.

While he’s faced an order of removal since 2009, Garcia was given stays of removal under the Obama administration, but was ordered to leave in November. Cindy said he may be barred from reentering the U.S. for at least 10 years.

Garcia, whose story echoes the thousands of undocumented immigrants facing deportation under the Trump administration, is too old for the DACA program that allows childhood arrivals to work legally in the U.S. He was able to extend his stay for one more Christmas, during which his family asked ICE if he could stay until new undocumented immigration reform was passed, but they were denied.

“I’m going to be sad because I’m not going to be able to be with [my children],” Garcia told the publication during a farewell gathering. “…It’s going to be kind of hard for me to adjust, too. Not being there with them, helping the kids with school stuff. It’s going to be kind of hard. But it’s something, I guess I got to find a way to adjust.”

The Garcias have also started a GoFundMe to support their family.

H/T Splinter

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*First Published: Jan 16, 2018, 10:06 am CST