Cindy Garcia, whose husband Jorge was deported to Mexico this week, speaks with CNN's Brooke Baldwin about the toll it is taking on her two kids.
After years living in the U.S. for 30 years, a 39-year-old immigrant in metro Detroit was deported this morning to Mexico. Escorted by ICE agents, he said bye to wife and 2 kids before boarding. He was brought to US from Mexico when he was 10-yrs-old, too old to qualify for DACA: pic.twitter.com/KFPeweaMbG— Niraj Warikoo (@nwarikoo) January 15, 2018
CINDY GARCIA: Thank you for having us on. I spoke to him yesterday, and a few minutes ago. He is sad. He's depressed. He's entered a country he does not know because he hasn't been there since he was 10 years old. So, of course, the dynamics of the place has changed since he has known it...
I'm trying to be strong. I just want to get my story out there. 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 cannot and tell our story. And how devastated we are that our case should have been looked at as an individual case and not as a whole because my husband is not a criminal.
BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN: Your children, 15 and 12 years of age, how have you explained this to them?
GARCIA: It's hard because my youngest son is real attached to his father and when he wouldn't come home after 6:00, he would worry and say, mom, where is my dad? Call my dad. Text my ant to know where my dad is. Now we can't see him... we can't hug him, but we can see him. It's devastating because we want to hug him, feel his warmth and be here with us. But, obviously, he cannot at this moment.
BALDWIN: What do you explain to the youngest, that the government took your dad and we're trying to get him back? How do you even -- how do you explain that to a 12-year-old?
GARCIA: It's very hard because he doesn't grasp what the government did and he doesn't understand why they took him either, because he's not a criminal. That's why we're trying to justify it with him. And it is very, very hard...
He's living with an aunt. He has to find a job because it's very hard for me to support two households. He's trying to look for something down there. Like I said right now it's just everything is taking a toll on him because he feels alone, because he's in a country he doesn't know and he's away from his family.
The video of Garcia's departure:
A family is torn apart after a man is deported, after living in Michigan for the past 30 years. Jorge Garcia came to the United States illegally with his parents when he was 10 years old. He’s now 39. He arrived one year before he could qualify under DACA. He has a wife and two children who are United States citizens.