SAN DIEGO – A father of two youngsters, together with a particular wants scholar, was deported to Mexico Thursday following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers ruling.
Gaston Cazares told KSWB he moved to this nation illegally when he was 16 years previous, abandoning his household and every little thing he knew to chase the American dream.
But as a result of of tougher enforcement of immigration legal guidelines that started when President Donald Trump took workplace in January, Cazares shall be despatched again to his native nation.
Cazares said before Thursday’s hearing with ICE that he’s heartbroken on the thought of leaving his spouse of 23 years and each his teenage youngsters, all of whom are American residents, however his biggest worry is for his son Ivan, who has autism, and depends closely on him.
“We watch movies together or go shopping or help me shave my beard,” Ivan defined.
“I tried to explain to him. I’m not sure that he understands everything,” Cazares stated. “The only thing he knows is they want to take me far from here.”
Ivan is already struggling — having recurring nightmares.
Cazares’ daughter, Yahaira, a senior at Scripps Ranch High School, says there isn’t any time to be a typical teenager.
“I’ve never had the issue of complaining about my parents. I can’t take them for granted,” she stated.
Yahaira vividly remembers the way it all started in 2011. Her dad was arrested in entrance of her when the Pacific Beach restaurant the place he works was raided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“He was taken and we didn’t know where or for how long… and about a day or two later, we got a call, ” Yahaira stated.
In 2012, ICE granted Cazares a “stay of removal” based mostly on Ivan’s particular wants. And yearly since, he is checked in, and ICE has prolonged the keep for another yr – till this yr’s presidential election.
“Everything changed. Everything changed from night to day,” Cazares stated.
Nicole Leon, Cazares’ immigration lawyer, explains it this manner: “Under the Trump administration, ICE is no longer exercising its discretion in this way, and so anyone who is subject to removal under the law is being deported regardless of circumstances.”
The details that Cazares is the breadwinner, pays taxes, has no legal report aside from his unlawful immigration offenses, and has a son with autism weren’t sufficient to maintain him with his household.
“My dad – he’s important to me. He protects me, and I protect him,” Ivan stated.