21 Days to Exile: Maria’s Last Day

21 Days to Exile: Maria’s Last Day
May 30, 2017 Detroit Public TV

Bill Kubota for Detroit Public Television’s One Detroit and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative

Video: Scenes from Detroit Metro Airport, as Maria Garcia Juarez is deported

For the past three weeks Detroit Journalism Cooperative Regional Editor Scott McCartney and Bill Kubota, along with Bridge Magazine’s Chastity Pratt Dawsey have been following the progress of Southwest Detroiter Maria Garcia Jaurez’s deportation order, which includes reports on DPTV’s MiWeek hosted by Christy McDonald.

The day of the order came Friday, May 26, 2017 and despite the legal wrangling of several immigration lawyers, Juarez accepted her fate and boarded a plane to Mexico.

She’ll be staying with an uncle she’s never met in a country she does not know. She came to the U.S., undocumented, at the age of eight months. Now she’s 23, leaving a husband sick with leukemia and an eighteen-month old son with medical issues of his own. They’re both U.S. citizens, as are her family members that you’ll see in the video.

Jaurez’s story is complicated, growing up for most of her life without parents, surviving the streets of Salinas, California in an area rife with gang violence. She committed crimes as a minor, but while she’s lived an upstanding life for over the past six years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has decided she must leave.

One Detroit will continue coverage of this story and will keep up with her in Mexico and her family in Detroit.

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