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ICE Will Leave A 6-Year-Old Paraplegic Without His Caregiver Because He Drove Without A License

Six-year-old Ricky Solis, a cute little boy who is also a paraplegic, will soon be without the only person that can take care of him. Yancarlos Mendez, a 27-year-old undocumented mechanic, is Ricky’s stepfather and has been trained to care for little Ricky, who requires 24-hour attention. But after Mendez was apprehended by authorities after driving without a license for the second time, immigration officials have decided to deport him.

I can’t believe this. Why is this happening?” Mendez, an Ohio-resident, told The Cincinnati Enquirer after he was informed of the decision by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In a statement to USA Today, ICE said at Mendez didn’t fit the requirements to stay in the U.S.

“[Mendez] entered the United States lawfully under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) before violating the program terms by overstaying his visit for a period exceeding two years. VWP participants waive their rights to a hearing before an immigration judge and are subject to detention prior to their removal. ICE has carefully reviewed his case and determined he was ineligible for any agency relief, and as such will move forward with his repatriation to his home country.”

It’s unclear which country Mendez will be deported to as he holds dual citizenship in both Spain and the Dominican Republic.

Ricky’s mother, 24-year-old Sandra Mendoza, told The Cincinnati Enquirer that her son’s biological father left them years ago and that Ricky calls Mendez dad. Ricky became paraplegic after a car accident in February 2017.

According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Ricky “fractured two vertebrae and suffered spinal cord bleeding, leading to permanent paralysis from the waist down. His bowel and bladder were ruptured and his colon torn. He had multiple facial bone fractures and traumatic brain injury. He is dependent on a tracheostomy that requires acute management. As a citizen, his medical expenses are covered by Medicaid.”

The day Ricky got hurt, I wanted to die,” Mendoza told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “Yancarlos was so strong. He loves me. He loves Ricky like he’s his own child.”

Mendoza is also undocumented and was brought to the U.S. by her parents as a small child. Because Ricky’s father was abusive to her, she qualifies to apply for the U Visa, which “grants legal residency to victims of serious crime who cooperate with law enforcement,” The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The family is currently waiting to hear about a one-year suspension of deportation with ICE that was filed by their immigration lawyer, Nazly Mamedova.

READ: Border Patrol Waited In The Hospital While This Undocumented Child With Cerebral Palsy Was Having Surgery So They Could Detain Her

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ICE Carried Out Raids At 7-Eleven Stores Nationwide And Arrested 21 People

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ICE Carried Out Raids At 7-Eleven Stores Nationwide And Arrested 21 People

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This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sent a strong message to employers: if you hire undocumented workers, they will be detained. To prove its message, ICE raided 98 7-Eleven store chains in 17 states, which resulted in the arrest of 21 employees. The New York Times reports that the Trump administration has called this raid “its largest enforcement operation against employers so far.” And more raids are expected in the near future.

“Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,” said Thomas D. Homan, ICE Deputy Director and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director, in a press release. “Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration and we are working hard to remove this magnet. ICE will continue its efforts to protect jobs for American workers by eliminating unfair competitive advantages for companies that exploit illegal immigration.”

According to The Oakland Press, ICE raided 7-elevens before dawn on Wednesday, Jan. 10. ICE served inspection notices to stores in the following states: California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington State, and Washington, D.C. Of the 98 stores raided, 16 of those are in New York City.

A 7-Eleven spokesperson stated the following in an emailed statement to The Oakland Press:

“7-Eleven franchisees are independent business owners and are solely responsible for their employees including deciding who to hire and verifying their eligibility to work in the United States….7-Eleven requires all franchise business owners to comply with all federal, state and local employment laws,” the statement continued. “7-Eleven takes compliance with immigration laws seriously and has terminated the franchise agreements of franchisees convicted of violating these laws.”

While this is the largest raid for a franchise company, two months ago we reported about a raid conducted at a a bakery in Chicago that lost 800 people due to ICE detainment.

READ: 800 Undocumented Workers Lost Their Jobs At A Chicago Bakery After Immigration Raid

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