The long fight to keep the Garcia family together ended early this morning at Detroit Metro Airport. Jorge kissed his wife and children goodbye before boarding a plane to Mexico. Although he was brought to Michigan when he was just 10, Jorge was 2 years too old to take advantage of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects many other undocumented immigrants in his position. 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.
Cindy, his wife, has sworn to keep fighting to reunite the family as soon as possible.
Posted by Michigan United on Monday, January 15, 2018
While Trump praised Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr, a father has been deported back to Mexico.
Jorge Garcia, 39, has been in the U.S. since he was 10 years old. At the time, his parents had already immigrated to the U.S. and he was brought by his undocumented aunt, according to Detroit Free Press. Despite being brought to the U.S. as a child, Jorge is two years too old to benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On MLK Day, Jorge was deported back to Mexico, leaving behind his wife Cindy and his two children. The video above shows the heartbreaking goodbye as Jorge embraces his family before being placed on an airplane bound for Mexico.
Jorge was first faced with deportation orders in 2005 when an attorney misfiled paperwork adjusting his status after marrying Cindy. Jorge has been checking in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regularly since that year and the family has spent $125,000 on legal fees to adjust Jorge’s status. The family and activists working on the case blame the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown for the deportation.
“It’s a nightmare, coming to life,” Cindy told Detroit Free Press. “You have no choice but to face it head-on, and accept what is being thrown at you. Because there is nothing else that you can do.”
Jorge has been barred from entering the U.S. for ten years, but Cindy and immigration activists with Michigan United are fighting to get him back sooner.