Simpsonville husband, father fights deportation

Simpsonville husband, father fights deportation

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Carlos Garcia with his three children. (Courtesy: Garcia family) Carlos Garcia with his three children. (Courtesy: Garcia family)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

When Carlos Garcia gets home from work, he takes time to play with his children. He has a wife and three children, one who is battling a chronic lung condition. He doesn't speak much English though, because he grew up in another country.

"I'm from Mexico," Garcia said.

He's an undocumented immigrant who didn't have a driver's license when police recently asked for it during a check point.

"When I came to my house, the police came to me and he said he was going to take me to jail for two days. And I was there for two days, and then had to go to the immigration office," Garcia said.

Garcia has lived in South Carolina since 1999 but now may have to leave his family. He has a deportation date set for Oct. 7.

"My sons are living here and are born here. That's why I want to stay with them and take care of my kids," Garcia said.

To help him, a group called the North Carolina Dream Team, set-up a website and created a petition to get support for Garcia to stay in the Upstate.

"I wanted to thank everybody who is helping me to stay here," Garcia said.

The group cites what's called the Morton Memo, named after John Morton, former director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE. Members with the North Carolina Dream Team say Morton released a memo back in 2011 which urged the agency to use prosecutorial discretion.

Garcia said that check-point is the only arrest record he has. A spokesperson with ICE said the agency reviews these kind of cases very carefully.

Some of Garcia's supporters will meet at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Simpsonville on Friday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m.

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