President Donald Trump’s hardline stance on illegal immigration and his preoccupation with border security have been met with much criticism since his presidential campaign back in 2016.
Unfortunately, his strict enforcement of immigration laws has threatened to break up American families with an immigrant background.
One of the most recent stories of this nature is about 39-year-old Jorge Garcia.
30 years ago, Garcia was brought by a relative to the United States from Mexico when he was just 10 years old. However, the father-of-two has now been deemed “too old” for DACA, Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
As a result, it was decided that he should be sent back to his native Mexico. And ultimately, he was deported this past Monday, on Martin Luther King Jr. day.
On the day of his deportation, Garcia was forced into the distressing position of waving goodbye to his family in Detroit, with two immigration agents keeping a close eye on the doting father.
He had known for months that this would be his fate but that didn’t make the day any less heartbreaking.
Garcia was evidently upset as he held his wife, Cindy Garcia, his 15-year-old daughter, Soleil, and 12-year-old son, Jorge Jr.
But why is the US deporting innocent, law-abiding citizens who have been living in the States since they were children?
Well, in Garcia’s case, the 39-year-old father is “too old” to qualify for the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The program legally allows those who were brought to the US by undocumented immigrants to live and work in the country if these conditions are met: they were under the age of 16 at the time and were born after June 15, 1981.
This means Jorge is just a couple of years too old to be accepted.
The upsetting story began years ago as the family went to great lengths to find a way to allow Garcia to legally stay in the US.
They believe President Donald Trump is to blame for the distressing situation because of his strict enforcement of the country’s immigration laws.
Garcia, who had been working as a gardener, had lived a pretty harmonious life in the US until 2005. It was then that he and his wife, who is an American citizen, began trying to secure his legal status in the country.
In 2009, he was told to expect deportation, but luckily the Obama administration granted the Garcia family a lot more time together so that they could devise a more permanent solution.
It wasn’t until the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration, that in November of last year, Garcia was officially ordered to return to Mexico. A country that he has not lived in since he was a child and where he only has one remaining relative.
ICE agents allowed Garcia to spend one final Christmas with his family before sending him back to Mexico.
“I feel kind of sad,” Garcia said the night before the dreaded departure. “I got to leave my family behind, knowing that they’re probably going to have a hard time adjusting, me not being there for them for who knows how long. It’s just hard.”
“I’m going to be sad because I’m not going to be able to be with them,” Garcia added. “It’s going to be kind of hard for me to adjust, too.”
The really upsetting thing is if Garcia had been just a few years younger, he would have been eligible to apply for DACA.
This is something that his family has found difficult to come to terms with – it could have been such a close call.
“You have destroyed my life. There’s nothing I can do about it,” Cindy Garcia said, directing her grief at Trump. “We get a new president and this is what he does, tears my family apart. I hope everybody is happy.”
It is pretty unbelievable that a man who has lived and worked in the US practically his entire life has officially been forced to leave. We can only hope that the family receives all the support they need at this time because losing a family member in this way truly is a tragedy.
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