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Detroit dad, 39, deported to Mexico after 30 years in US

Detroit dad, 39, deported to Mexico after 30 years in US”

Jorge Garcia is many things: a father, a landscaper, a husband and a resident of the US for nearly three decades. "Because any time you leave the city, you have to tell them where you are going".

According to a report in Detroit Free Press, Garcia had requested the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to allow him time till a new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation was passed by the government before deporting him.

Jorge Garcia was brought to the U.S.as a child by undocumented family members when he was 10-years-old. His parents had already immigrated to the country, said Michigan United spokesperson Erik Shelley, who was at the airport this morning as Garcia bid his emotional goodbyes to his wife, Cindy Garcia, and children, ages 15 and 12.

Cindy Garcia said some bad legal help set them back and they've never had a clear path to citizenship for Jorge Garcia.

Garcia had been given extensions under the Obama administration after facing an order of removal in 2009, CNN reported.

So it seems especially tone-deaf that the Trump administration's crackdown on undocumented immigrants and mass deportations meant a 39-year-old husband and father of two was separated from his family on Monday as the nation commemorated Martin Luther King Day.

Cindy Garcia says her husband has no criminal history or even traffic tickets. The 39-year-old never lived in Mexico as an adult, but is too old to qualify for DACA.

"It's just hard", said Garcia.

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Immigrant advocates say deporting people like Garcia is ripping up families and communities in Detroit and other areas such as Lincoln Park, which are struggling with population losses.

They say Garcia's wife, Cindy, was told he wouldn't be able to return to Detroit for 10 years, but they are working to bring him back to Detroit faster.

Jorge Garcia's wife is a US citizen, but being married to a USA citizen does not automatically qualify immigrants for legal residency. Immigrants like Garcia are an asset that stabilize and grow metro Detroit, they said.

"That's when the tears just started flowing, because we knew that was going to be it it wasn't much that we could do", Cindy Garcia told WXYZ-TV.

"It's heartbreaking", Bonesatti said.

The administration wouldn't even stop the deportations on a national holiday, said Adonis Flores, an immigrant rights leader at Michigan United, calling it shameful.

Garcia's wife, Cindy, spoke out on her husband's deportation, describing the situation as a "nightmare".



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