Sunday, January 19, 2020
A Happy Ending: After His 2018 Deportation Made Global Headlines, Jorge Garcia Is Back In US With Family
Jorge had been living in the U.S. for more than 30 years, since the age of 10, but had not been eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program because he was too old—he is 41. He was separated from his wife and two children in early 2018, following a more than 10-year long deportation battle. Immigration advocates captured his departure to Mexico on a Facebook live stream that went viral. See above.
The family told Latino USA that while staying with relatives in Mexico, Jorge worked to get back to his wife and children living in Michigan. Shortly after arriving, his lawyer began filing the necessary paperwork and scheduling meetings at the U.S. embassy in Mexico. The process lasted two years.
Jorge had to go through visa processing which required several in-person meetings at the U.S. Embassy. Additionally, Jorge had to wait for the Embassy to process two pardons. One of these documents waived Jorge’s past violations due to his unlawful presence in the United States while the other provision allowed him to request an adjustment to his legal status after being deported.