How to Help Jorge Garcia, a 39-Year-Old Father of Two Who Was Deported

In his 2016 campaign speeches, Trump promised that only “Bad hombres”¯ amongst undocumented immigrants would be arrested and deported. We will “deport all criminal aliens and dismantle every last criminal gang and cartel threatening our citizens. Drug dealers, gang heads, gang members,”¯ he continued. “We are going to stop drugs pouring into your communities.”

And yet according to reports, many immigrants without a criminal history have been arrested under his administration.

Mother Jones reveals:

“According to a new report from ICE, while border arrests have slowed, arrests of undocumented immigrants within the United States have in fact soared since Trump took office. The number of arrests of immigrants for civil violations increased by 30 percent, and the number of immigrants without criminal records arrested more than doubled.”¯

One of the most recent of these is Jorge Garcia, a 39-year-old landscaper from Lincoln Park, Michigan, who was brought to the U.S. by an undocumented family member when he was just 10 years old.

On January 15, the day that honors the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., the man who fought for equality for all, Jorge Garcia was kicked out of the U.S. and returned to Mexico.

He wrapped his arms around his wife and two children, all three U.S. citizens, and said goodbye as he headed to the airport security gate.

Garcia has worked hard all his life, believing in the American Dream: a job, a home and a loving family. He has no criminal record and pays his taxes on time every year.

Garcia is not the only person who has been separated from his family under the Trump administration.

There was the story of two-month-old Isaac Enrique Sanchez, born to undocumented parents with no criminal record. The newborn was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis, a serious but curable condition. But when his parents were taking him to a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, they had to pass through a Border Patrol checkpoint. The Patrol let them go but arrested Isaac’s parents at the hospital where they had traveled to save their son’s life.

And there’s the story from Oakland, California, of nurse Maria Sanchez and her husband Eusebio, kicked out of the U.S. in August of last year.

Sanchez had arrived in the U.S. in 1994 and since that time had worked hard, married, given birth to three children, all U.S. citizens, and had become head oncology nurse at a leading Oakland hospital.

All of that wasn’t enough to prevent her from being deported.

And now Jorge Garcia. ”It’s like plucking a main artery, like their lifeline, taking it from them and then just putting it somewhere else,”¯ said family friend Norma Garza Jones. “Those that are left behind are left to just try and compensate for the artery that main blood vessel, you know, that’s just been pulled from them.”¯

Take Action

  • Please show your support for Jorge Garcia and add your name to our Care2 petition, asking for this model citizen to be returned to the US with his family.
  • Call your Senators and representatives, and ask them to bring back Jorge Garcia and to stop separating families under cruel immigration policies.
  • Support Michigan United, a group fighting on behalf of Jorge Garcia and immigrants in the area.
  • Sign the petition urging Congress to pass the DREAM act and provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.

 

Photo Credit: Screenshot from USA Today video

56 comments

Leo C
Leo C25 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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janis k
janis keller28 days ago

Most immigrants come here unemployable. A lot can't read, have no skills and end up on welfare.

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janis k
janis keller28 days ago

This is ridiculous. 75 % of immigrants are on some kind of assistance while Americans are only 28% We have been bringing billions of immigrants in here. They are stressing out our welfare hospitals, depleting our Social Security
Want to help people? How about helping fellow Americans? Build more homeless shelters. Help the millions of homeless too

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Mark T
Mark T28 days ago

Ty.

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Paulo R
Paulo R28 days ago

awful. Signed, ty

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Dot A
Dot A28 days ago

...justice and don't let the corruption change the American dream! Keep up the 'good' fight. The good will out-do the wrong!!!

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Dot A
Dot A28 days ago

You signed on January 17, 2018* Remember folks; this administration is breeding fear, hate, jealousy and greed for the greedy across the nation. "Divide and conquer" as the game goes,... However, we were founded by those who sought ideals, and created a great hope for all people across all lands. Stay on course, and aim for good-will, fairness, justice,

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Cathy B
Cathy B28 days ago

Petition signed.Thank you.

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Freya H
Freya H28 days ago

Already signed both petitions. These people contribute to society - they did not come here to do minimal work and get on the welfare rolls, or drag their entire tribes over via "chain immigration," they came here to work and contribute to society. The Orange Ogre and his ICE flying monkeys have tarred all immigrants with the same brush. I am more concerned about what an immigrant does after arriving in the U.S. than I am about the legality of his/her immigration. The actual solution may be a complete overhaul of our immigration system.

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Ruth S
Ruth S28 days ago

In cases like this, they should be given an option to become a citizen. I thought being married to a citizen was enough. I don't care that people want to live in the USA. But they need to come here legally! If you want to live in the USA permanently, become a citizen, work a legal job, pay taxes, and speak the NATIONAL language...ENGLISH! Don't expect the US tax payers to give everything to you free! No one gave us a free ride so why should illegals get one?

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