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Tue Jan 15, 2019, 09:41 AM

Deported 1 year ago from Michigan, Jorge Garcia still stuck in Mexico

Inside a room in his aunt's home in Mexico, Jorge Garcia spends most of his days alone.

Separated from his wife and two children in metro Detroit, the 40-year-old father feels isolated, struggling to find work and make connections in a land he hasn't lived in for 30 years.

One year ago Tuesday morning, the Lincoln Park man was deported to Mexico, his emotional departure captured in a Free Press story that was picked up by media across the U.S. as immigration emerged as a explosive issue over the past year. Born in Mexico, he was brought to the U.S. when he was 10 years old by an undocumented adult and had lived in America for 30 years, working and paying taxes to help support his wife and two teenage children. He had no criminal record, but was too old to qualify for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which allows the children of undocumented immigrants to live in the U.S.

One year later, Garcia remains stuck in Mexico, unable to even get an appointment with the U.S. Embassy's office in Juarez, Mexico, the first step for possible readmission into the U.S.

https://www.freep.com/story/news/world/2019/01/15/jorge-garcia-mexico-deportation-michigan-immigrant/2565855002/


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