Colorado residents may recall media reports from October 2017 about an undocumented Mexican worker who was taken into custody by federal immigration agents after dropping his daughter off at a day care center. The man has spent the subsequent months at a detention facility in California awaiting deportation, but those proceedings were brought to an abrupt halt on March 29 when an immigration judge issued a withholding of removal order and paved the way for his release.
The case garnered nationwide media attention with opponents of President Trump's immigration policies using the man's story to highlight the rigorous tactics being employed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. An online petition calling for the man's release was signed by almost 4,000 people, and his court appearances have drawn crowds of cheering supporters and sign-waving protesters. Immigration advocacy groups say that the man could remain in custody if the government chooses to appeal the withholding of removal order.
The Trump administration has reacted sharply to criticisms of its efforts to establish tighter borders, and USICE representatives point out that the undocumented worker at the center of this story has been causing the authorities problems for years. According to USICE, the man has been deported to Mexico three times since 2003 and has had brushes with law enforcement that resulted in charges for drunk driving and possessing fraudulent documents.
Facing deportation and removal proceedings can be traumatic for individuals who may have lived and worked in the United States for years or even decades. Attorneys with experience in this area may may argue against deportation during removal hearings when families could be left financially vulnerable or immigrants could face persecution in their home countries.
Source: CBS SF Bay Area, "Judge Allows San Jose Father Facing Deportation To Remain In U.S.", March 30, 2018