A nightmare became a reality when a family bid goodbye to their father who was being deported by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) for coming to the United States illegally when he was a child.
Jorge Garcia, 39, has lived in the United States for almost three decades but failed to secure legal status and his age disqualifies him for (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The Mexican father-of-two is married to a U.S. citizen and has no criminal record but was told to report on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to the Detroit Metropolitan Metro to fly back to a country that he has not stepped on since he was ten years old.
His wife, Cindy Garcia, cried out while his daughter and son, Soleil, 15, and Jorge Garcia Jr. 12, sobbed into his shoulder. Two U.S. immigration agents kept a close watch nearby.
Activists were also at the airport who claimed this was another example of immigrants being unfairly targeted under the Trump administration.
Garcia may be barred from entering the U.S. for at least 10 years, said Cindy Garcia. Diego Bonesatti, legal services director for Michigan United, are fighting for Garcia to try to get him back.