ICE Reverses Deportation of Undocumented Immigrant, whose spouse was US Soldier
On April 8th, Jose Gonzalez Carranza was shocked to find out that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was at his front door. Leaving his 12 year old daughter, Evelyn Gonzalez Vieyra, behind with his grand-parents, Gonzalez Carranza was deported by ICE to Nogales, Mexico on April 10, 2019.
Gonzalez Carranza told USA Today about the idea of being separated from his daughter, "I feel so bad… I'm thinking about, I might never see her again."
Gonzalez Carranza was given a reprieve from deportation after his wife, Army Private First Class Barbara Vieyra, passed away in Afghanistan during her service in 2010.“Parole in place” allows non-citizens certain immigration benefits if they are the family member of a U.S. military member and veterans
Vieyra was deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom and was in an active combat zone in Afghanistan.when she was suffered life-ending injuries due to insurgent attacks on her unit in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon.
Gonzalez Carranza’s immigration attorney, Ezequiel Hernandez, made several efforts to reverse his deportation. He had initially been ordered deported by an immigration judge. However, after successfully arguing that he never received notice of his court hearing, he was immediately returned to his home. News outlets quickly picked up his case. He is due back in immigration court in the near future.
Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, reached out to provide support during the situation. Gonzalez Carranza’s attorney informed the Washington Post, "It didn't make any sense… If I was an ICE agent or a government attorney, and I was told by my administration that I need to deport people, his would not be the first case to choose."
President Trump’s January 25, 2017 Executive Order enforces removal of all undocumented immigrants, even if they have lived in the United States for many years, have U.S. citizen family members, and have no criminal history. However, the Executive Order lays out certain enforcement priorities, including criminals, those charged with a crime, those who have engaged in fraud, and those who have abused public benefit programs.