“We need more people like him. I was so happy. It’s a blessing that he’s back. I thank God for listening to our prayers.” – Bobby Ramirez [#IThankGod]

“We need more people like him. I was so happy. It’s a blessing that he’s back. I thank God for listening to our prayers.” – Bobby Ramirez [#IThankGod]

“Having a family like this, being as productive in society as he is, we need more people like him. I was so happy. It’s a blessing that he’s back. I thank God for listening to our prayers.” – Bobby Ramirez [#IThankGod]

After being deported 2 years ago, Jorge Garcia stepped into the Lincoln Park Public Library on Friday, January 10, 2020 afternoon with a smile.

“Welcome home, Jorge” read the sign awaiting him. And to those who know Jorge Garcia, they said Lincoln Park is his home and where he belongs.

Despite living in the U.S. since he was 10 years old, Jorge Garcia was deported to Mexico 2 years ago after living in Michigan for 30 years.

Friends and family gathered Friday at the library to welcome Jorge Garcia home and to thank those who helped bring him back.

A process that typically takes 10 years was expedited to 2 years, allowing Jorge Garcia to reunite with his wife, Cindy, and their children, Soleil and Jorge Jr., just in time for Christmas.

U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-12th District) and Rashida Tlaib (D-13th District) were “at the forefront, fighting for our family through this broken immigration system.”
– Cindy Garcia

“I want to thank Debbie Dingell for being there, our community, Michigan United, UAW, everyone that reached out. The whole community came together.”
– Cindy Garcia

Cindy Garcia’s husband had been trying to obtain legal status since 2004. He came short of qualifying for DACA, meaning he had to leave the country.

DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – is a program implemented during former President Barack Obama’s administration that allows young immigrants living in the country illegally who were brought here as children to remain in the U.S.

Jorge Garcia was 1 year too old to sign up for the DACA program, leading to his deportation to Mexico in January 2018.

“No other family needs to go through what our family has gone through; it was devastating. Imagine someone telling you you have to let go of your spouse. Every time I think about it, it’s hurtful. I need people to know that we tried to do the right thing. Speak to anybody going through it — it is not an easy system.”
– Cindy Garcia

Debbie Dingell, fresh off a flight in time to make it to Jorge Garcia’s welcoming home party, said she is grateful things worked out for him and his family.

“This community really came together, and the Garcia family really became my family the last couple of years. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have Jorge home, and it wouldn’t have happened without the love and support of this community.”
– Debbie Dingell

According to Debbie Dingell, Jorge Garcia’s deportation after 30 years in the U.S. is an example of a need to fix the “broken” immigration system.

“He never got a traffic ticket. He worked hard, and everybody in the community loved him. I want today to be a day of hope and of welcome, but also to be realistic that until we fix this system, there are too many families that are torn apart.”
– Debbie Dingell

Debbie Dingell was energetic later in the event.

“I want to be very clear, I do not want to hear any ugliness over a family being reunited. If you work hard, you pay taxes, you’re serving in the military or whatever you’re doing; if you play by the rules, you have a right for the rules to work for you.”
– Debbie Dingell

Jorge Garcia spoke briefly at the event, thanking those who have helped him over the past 2 years.

“I just want to thank Debbie Dingell for advocating on my behalf through the whole process, and I want to thank everybody that was praying for me and for my family.”
– Jorge Garcia

Jorge Garcia now has his green card, giving him legal status. At one point, he handed his wife the card out of his wallet, who showed it to the room, which erupted in applause. Since he is married to a U.S. citizen, he can file to become a citizen himself.

A handful of family and friends attended the event. Bobby Ramirez helped organize to bring Garcia home. As a member of UAW Local No. 600, Ramirez said Jorge Garcia often volunteered to help at community events.

“Helping with the Fourth of July, helping with kids, with elders, Jorge was always volunteering to help us out. Any union function, he was there. Any community event, he was there.”
– Bobby Ramirez

Bobby Ramirez became a sponsor of Jorge Garcia when Cindy, also a UAW member, asked him to testify to his community service at the immigration office. He and the union also helped support the Garcia family financially while Jorge Garcia was in Mexico.

“Having a family like this, being as productive in society as he is, we need more people like him. I was so happy. It’s a blessing that he’s back. I thank God for listening to our prayers.”
– Bobby Ramirez

Deported two years ago, Lincoln Park man thankful to be home and reunited with his family:
Southgate News Herald

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