After 30 years of living in the United States, Jorge Garcia, a 39-year-old landscaper from Lincoln Park, Mich., was deported on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to Mexico, a move his supporters say is another example of immigrants being unfairly targeted under the Trump administration.
This story is sure to be played out across the media, both mainstream and social, as another case of the dictatorial Trump Administration ripping babies from the arms of mothers and tossing them over the already-built portions of the wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and leaving them to fend for themselves.
His wife, Cindy Garcia, cried out while his daughter, Soleil, 15, sobbed into Garcia's shoulder as they hugged. The Garcias said their 12-year-old son has been taking the news hard, not expressing himself, which is concerning his parents. He met and married his wife, Cindy, who is a retired auto worker and a citizen of the United States, fifteen years ago.
"That's when the tears just started flowing, because we knew that was going to be it".
Video of the family saying their goodbyes and crying at Detroit Metropolitan Airport went viral on Monday. She added that he checked in regularly with ICE officials, never traveling outside their town without permission.
Garcia, who appears to have a clean criminal record, was too old to qualify for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era policy that protected children of undocumented immigrations from deportation. "It affects 11 million other people, but at least I can come forward and tell my story because I am a United States citizen and I do not have to hide in any shadows", she says.
"I feel kind of sad", he told the newspaper.
The last time the family checked in with immigration agents in November, they told them Jorge Garcia would have to leave on January 15.
An undocumented family member brought Garcia to America illegally when he was a 10-year-old child.
'In total we've given immigration over $125,000.
"We did not want to put up a Christmas tree because it was way too sad to even get to that point", said Cindy Garcia, his wife. ICE agents escorted him onto a plane bound for Mexico. "As depressed as I am - and I just want to scream and cry and lay in bed and not move - I know that I have to come forward for the people who can not, and tell our story".