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Detroit man deported to Mexico after 30 years in US

Jorge Garcia came to the US with his family when he was 10 years old. He has no criminal record, pays taxes and has long sought legal status, according to his family.

By: AP | Detroit | Updated: January 17, 2018 10:02 am
 Detroit man deported to Mexico after 30 years in US In this Jan. 15, 2018 photo, Jorge Garcia hugs his wife, Cindy Garcia, and their two children at Detroit Metro Airport moments before boarding a flight to Mexico. (AP photo)

A Detroit man who had lived in the United States for nearly 30 years has been deported to Mexico.

Jorge Garcia came to the US with his family when he was 10 years old. He has no criminal record, pays taxes and has long sought legal status, according to his family. The 39-year-old landscaper was deported on Monday and can’t return to the US for a decade.

Garcia had faced an order of removal from immigration courts since 2009, but had been granted stays of removal under former President Barack Obama’s administration.

Garcia learned in November that he’d been scheduled to be deported as part of an immigration crackdown by President Donald Trump’s administration. A request from Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell pushed back the deportation date to allow Garcia to spend the holidays with his wife and two children, who are all U.S. citizens.

“We did not want to put up a Christmas tree because it was way too sad to even get to that point,” his wife, Cindy Garcia, said. “It was rough because we knew he was going to leave eventually. All we could do is make memories.”

Immigrant advocates say deporting people like Garcia separates families.

“Rather than wait to see what reforms are made, immigration officials came into work on a national holiday to take Jorge away from his family,” said Michigan United, a group that advocates for immigrant rights and other issues.

Jorge Garcia is too old to qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young immigrants living in the country illegally who were brought here as children to work and study in the US.

“I got to leave my family behind, knowing that they’re probably going to have a hard time adjusting,” Garcia said. “Me not being there for them for who knows how long. It’s just hard.”

Khaalid Walls, a spokesman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Tuesday that the federal government was justified in deporting Garcia.

“All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States,” Walls said in a statement.

 

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  1. Nilesh Jain
    Jan 17, 2018 at 10:34 am
    It is the chance for South America to free themselves from the poison spreaded by these GREEDY POISONOUS SNAKES. Ask yourselves from where all the corruption, all the drug gangs, all the mafia coming from and for whose profit ?
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    1. Nilesh Jain
      Jan 17, 2018 at 10:33 am
      THESE POISONOUS SNAKES, PLOT FAKE CHARGES TO DESTROY OUR LIVES and THEY ASK questions on those fake charges ? they knew from beginning that those were fake charges, they were stalking me for last 8 years and they knew everything and still they humiliated me in public, ASK YOUR SELVES , WHY ? WHY DID THEY PUT FAKE CHARGES ? WHO ARE THEY TO ASK US ? WHICH DOCTOR WILL HUMILIATE IN PUBLIC ? THINGS COULD FLIP. THEY want to save their DOGS. This the low level, these poisonous snakes use to STEAL. Why are you helping them, when such poisonous people belong to clean your toilets. They have no minds, all they know is to steal. If you allow them now, you all will be made to suffer for centuries from their poison. BAN all their products. Don't buy a single product from these cheap americans, germans, british. They are a poisonous society. STEALING FROM YOU, YOUR NATURAL RESOURCES (making their cheap MONEY out of it), YOUR PEOPLE (making them slaves), YOUR PEACE (making you fight among yourselves
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      1. Nilesh Jain
        Jan 17, 2018 at 10:26 am
        THESE POISONOUS SNAKES, PLOT FAKE CHARGES TO DESTROY OUR LIVES and THEY ASK questions on those fake charges ? they knew from beginning that those were fake charges, they were stalking me for last 8 years and they knew everything and still they humiliated me in public, ASK YOUR SELVES , WHY ? WHY DID THEY PUT FAKE CHARGES ? WHO ARE THEY TO ASK US ? WHICH DOCTOR WILL HUMILIATE IN PUBLIC ? THINGS COULD FLIP. THEY want to save their DOGS. This the low level of these poisonous snakes use to STEAL. Why are you helping them, when such poisonous people belong to clean your toilets. If you allow them now, you all will be made to suffer for centuries from their poison. BAN all their products. Don'y buy a single product from these cheap americans, germans, british. They are poisonous society.
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        1. Nilesh Jain
          Jan 17, 2018 at 10:15 am
          WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE TO question us ? WHO ARE THEY ? WHO ARE THEY TO HUMILIATE US IN PUBLIC ? WHO ARE THEY ASK question about our lives and HUMILIATE US in public ? They only and only and only want to steal BEHIND THESE HUMILIATION, WHICH DOCTOR WILL HUMILIATE IN PUBLIC ? THEY ONLY AND ONLY WANT TO STEAL BEHIND THESE questions. THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR MARRIAGE OR ABOUT YOUR WELL BEING. THEY JUST CARE ABOUT STEALING IDEAS FROM YOU PEOPLE AND SELLING IT TO YOU PEOPLE BACK . THEY WOULD HAVE SAVED THEIR DOGS, CAN'T YOU PEOPLE SEE, WHY ARE YOU HELPING THEM ? WHEN YOU PEOPLE MAKE THESE POISONOUS SNAKE CLEAN YOUR TOILETS. YOU PEOPLE ARE MUCH MORE INTELLIGENT THAN THEM. MUCH MORE HARD WORKING THAN THEM. MUCH MORE SINCERE THAN THEM. THEY JUST SPREAD POISON IN EACH SOCIETY AND STEAL IN BACKGROUND.
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