Family bids goodbye as undocumented father of 2 is deported to Mexico

Elias Hubbard
January 16, 2018

Patrons at the Detroit Metro Airport witnessed an emotional scene Monday as a man said goodbye to his wife and two children near the entrance of the airport security gate.

Garcia's wife Cindy sobbed on Monday morning as the couple and their two children held a group hug ahead of the airport security checkpoint, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Garcia's case is the latest in the list of incidents involving immigrants facing deportation or arrests as the Trump administration strives to keep them out of the country.

An undocumented family member brought Jorge Garcia to the US when he was 10 years old.

Garcia was brought to the country with an undocumented relative when he was 10 years old, according to the Detroit Free Press. However, because he is 39 years old, he is disqualified from applying for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. But because of the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, Garcia was ordered in November to return to Mexico.

Nevertheless, Garcia had to be removed, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Cindy Garcia said the moment didn't feel real until the ICE agents stepped up to take him.

"We've never done anything without the permission from immigrations, because anytime we leave the city you have to tell them where you are going", said Cindy Garcia. But they refused and said he had to leave by January 15.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who advocated for social justice for all, in his famous 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail wrote that he was "cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states", noting, "anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds". "Day?" said Erik Shelley, a leader with Michigan United that advocates for immigrant rights and other issues. "It's another example of the tone-deafness of this administration".

President Donald Trump's crackdown on undocumented immigrants includes widescale raids, arrests and deportations.

"I'm going to be sad because I'm not going to be able to be with them", Jorge Garcia said at the table of a friend in southwest Detroit hosting a farewell party for him. "It's just hard. It's going to be kind of hard for me to adjust, too".

Cindy said she and her husband have been working since 2005 to help Jorge become a legal citizen.

Cindy said she is working on getting Jorge back to the US, but it will to be at least 18 months until she can get a hearing. "It was rough because we knew he was going to leave eventually".

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. "It's like a nightmare", she said.

Cindy Garcia, a retired Dearborn, Mich., truck plant worker, worries about supporting her family.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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