After spending three decades in the United States, a 39-year-old Michigan man was sent back to Mexico by ICE agents, according to the Detroit Free Press. Jorge Garcia was only 10 when he came to the US with his family. He was a child of undocumented immigrants.
Today, Garcia is married with two children, all of which are full US citizens. Previously, Garcia would be allowed to remain in the states after so many years but with the recent crackdown on immigrants under the Trump administration, he has been ordered to vacate.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Garcia said goodbye to his family at the Detroit Metro Airport on Monday. ICE agents escorted him onto a plane bound for Mexico.
Garcia told the paper that he had requested for ICE to wait until new DACA legislation is passed, but the agency denied his request.
Garcia said that he feels sad and worries about how his family will adapt without him being there to support them. The report acknowledged that Garcia is not allowed to reenter the United States for at least 10 years.
Garcia had been facing an order of removal from immigration courts since 2009, but under the previous administration, he had been given stays of removal. But because of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, Garcia was ordered in November to return to Mexico. His supporters say he has no criminal record — not even a traffic ticket — and pays taxes every year.
Nevertheless, Garcia had to be removed, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On Monday morning, accompanied by ICE agents at Detroit Metro Airport, Garcia went through security as supporters around him held up signs that read, “Stop Separating Families.”