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Bloggings on Deportation and Removal

by Matthew Kolken

Army Soldier's Wife Facing Deportation

The wife of Pfc.Guillermo Garcia, U.S. Army, Araceli Mercado Sanchez, is currently facing deportation after being stopped for a making an illegal turn to avoid a construction zone.  At the time she was on her way to buy supplies for the couple's three-year-old daughter's birthday party. After being encountered she was taken into custody and brought to Eloy jail where apparently she was held for days.  Deportation proceedings have been instituted against Ms. Sanchez who is 22.  She was brought to the United States as a 4-year-old child, and has no criminal record.  

Pfc. Garcia is currently stationed in Germany with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.  He is awaiting imminent deployment.  Garcia enlisted in the Army in part because he believed that it would help his wife's immigration status, and he has been working with lawyers to try to fix the problem.  The couple has been married for four years.

Garcia responds:

I feel outraged that my wife and daughter had to go through something like this. I am a United States Army infantry man legally married to my wife and she presented evidence to the officer that pulled her over to show just that and was still detained. It happened on my daughter's 3rd Birthday while on her way to pick up paper plates for the party that was planned for that afternoon. 

It appears that once the news hit the papers Garcia's wife was released.

Wouldn't want any bad press in an election year.

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About The Author

Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).


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