Father deported to Mexico after 30 years in USA tells his story

Father deported to Mexico after 30 years in USA tells his story

Day - a holiday where we reflect on the legacy of man who played a crucial role in the Civil Rights Movement - Mexican-born Jorge García was deported, separated from his wife and two children.

Garcia, a landscaper from Lincoln Park, has lived in the U.S since the age of 10. On Monday, 39-year-old Jorge Garcia was deported to Mexico after being deemed too old to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. "Because any time you leave the city, you have to tell them where you are going".

Jorge Garcia, 39, has lived in the United States for nearly three decades but failed to secure legal status and his age disqualifies him for (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

All of that did not matter, as ICE agents told the Garcias in November that their father/husband will be deported on January 15.

"It's a nightmare that came to life that we don't wish upon anybody", his wife, Cindy Garcia, told MSNBC on Tuesday.

He was informed a year ago that he was too old to qualify for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and was told by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that he needed to return to Mexico. "They're sad. They're depressed". They're depressed. They don't really comprehend everything that's going on.

"Jorge's wife Cindy has shown incredible resilience and courage in the face of these impossible circumstances", said Dingell.

Dingell spoke to customs officials on the Garcia's behalf previous year and got an extension through the holidays, but was unable to stop his deportation. Cindy is working to get him back to the United States, but she says it could be 18 months before he even gets a hearing.