GMA spins a story on an illegal alien: "Ohio father of 4 bids farewell before deportation to Mexico"

illegalThe father is more than welcome to take his family with him to his native home.
The father had notice six years ago that because he is an illegal alien, he’d be getting the boot.
The father had been in the US for 16 years – plenty of time to acquire US citizenship.
Yet the media does their best everyday to prove why most see them as an arm of the demorats.
From Yahoo (originally on Good Morning America): An Ohio father of four had an emotional farewell with his family this morning before returning to Mexico.
Jesus Lara Lopez, who worked at a packaging facility in Willard, Ohio, was seen off by family and about a dozen supporters at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport this morning, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Photographs taken at the airport before his flight show him embracing his children in a series of tearful goodbyes.
When Lopez checked in with immigration officials in March, he was told he was being deported under “an illegal immigration crackdown,” his lawyer David Leopold told the press this morning.
Lopez has been in the country for 16 years, and his children were born in the U.S., the Plain Dealer reported.
A federal immigration judge first ordered Lopez removed in 2011, Khaalid Walls, the Northeast communications director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told ABC News. In 2014 the agency granted Lopez a stay of removal, Walls said, adding that “in a further exercise of discretion, the agency has allowed him to remain free from custody to finalize his departure plans.”
“The agency will continue to closely monitor his case to ensure compliance,” Walls said.
He said that ICE could not confirm for ABC News whether Lopez complied with its request until after he is “successfully repatriated,” for operational and security reasons, but would try to provide an update on his status later today.
ABC affiliate WEWS-TV in Cleveland reported that Lopez had never been charged with a crime during his 16 years in the U.S., has paid taxes and did not receive food stamps. Walls noted in response that the lack of a criminal record does not necessarily exempt an unauthorized immigrant illegal alien from deportation.
“As Secretary [John] Kelly and Acting Director [Thomas D.] Homan have stated repeatedly, ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of national security and public safety threats; however, no class or category of alien in the United States is exempt from arrest or removal,” Walls told ABC News.
Leopold told WEWS-TV that his client had a valid work permit. The New York Times reported in June that Lopez worked “the graveyard shift packing Milano cookies and Goldfish crackers” at Pepperidge Farm.
ABC News reached out to Pepperidge Farm for a comment about Lopez’s work permit, and the company said he was hired by a third-party company, Spherion, which manages packaging workers at the facility. Spherion confirmed for ABC News that Lopez had a valid work permit and it hired him in October 2016.
“These are the darkest times I’ve ever seen as an attorney. When the best and the brightest that we have to offer are taken from their homes and sent away,” Leopold told reporters. “The law is so broken.”
America’s Voice, an immigration rights advocacy group, posted a statement on its website criticizing the deportation of Lopez from John Sandweg, a former acting director of ICE and a former acting general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security.
“Cases like this are an incredible waste of ICE resources that only make it harder for the agency to identify and remove dangerous criminals,” he wrote. He added that he believes enforcement resources should be focused on finding criminals and public safety threats instead.
Sandweg has been a vocal critic of President Trump‘s broad promise of reducing illegal immigration to the U.S. a central part of his 2016 campaign.
The U.S. was already focused on enforcing immigration rules during the presidency of Barack Obama, who oversaw the removal of more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders, earning him the nickname deporter in chief.
“The [Trump] administration’s focus on the low-hanging fruit of the enforcement system only allows the bad guys to remain at large, weakening our public safety,” Sandweg added.
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Truth
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Truth

Of course he was deported,,, he worked for a living instead of mooching off the rest of us,, he took care of his family and loved his children,, the US government does not want this type of people here in America, illegal or natural citizen. Sad!

Pat Riot
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Pat Riot

I have to agree that there are other guys who probably should be deported first, but illegal still means illegal and liberal brain dead people don’t seem to get that! Not sure if this can be called “tough love” but sure we can say “tough sh|t!” What I don’t get is this: how on earth (in the US of A) does a illegal alien get a work permit? How do they get SS numbers, driver’s licenses, etc.? Some serious unexplained stuff going on here that the USA needs to put an end to! Also have to put an end to… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Pat Riot . . . Thank Heavens’ you have stated the obvious . . .” . . . put an end to the ‘you are an American if you are born in America’ cr@p! NOT! If your parents are aliens, visitors, are here illegally, etc., you should not, NOT EVER!, be entitled to get American citizenship.” As you stated we have far too many foreigners who land here just so that their child may be born with American citizenship. Citizenship should be a privilege that is reserved for those who are law abiding people, not just those who can circumvent… Read more »

Alma
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Alma

I feel bad that this man had to leave, he was put on notice and remained in the country -looks like a good family man, worker and paid his dues but was an illegal immigrant thus disqualified himself from a law abiding citizen. Based on all the good on his side and his children been born in the US , a immigration attorney ($$$$$) could help him, meanwhile, take a number, wait and GOOD BYE, tell others to do it the right way, sooner or later the law will find them.

weezy
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weezy

This would not have happened to any illegal if USA would have obeyed the laws on immigrants in the first place. Other countries are very tight on their immigration laws while we were ignoring ours. He had ample warning and plenty time to make his stay legal. He assumed America will turn the other way as usual. Oulaw anchor babies!

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

weezy . . . . . Amen! and Amen! Outlaw anchor babies!

flyingputer
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flyingputer

The normal reaction to being told your going to be deported and your actually a valid human adult would be to immediately begin naturalization procedures. If this man wants back in would he not begin this process now? I find this whole episode smells like stinking gefilte fish!

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

flyingputer . . . Yes, any normal person would be seeking to begin the naturalization procedures as though he had a fire in his britches! But, I think he just thought that it would be business as usual, and that the government would cave, and he could just ride out the rest of his life, without having to put much effort into seeking legal citizenship. Send him home! Get someone in his place who really wants to become an American. Obviously, he’s really not that interested, if he had been he had 16 years to work it out, and he… Read more »

Alma
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Alma

Because there are many like him, waiting, he needs to start from scratch and wait his turn!

brackenkaren
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I pay taxes too and have since the first day I started working, I am a NATURAL born legal US citizen. I have NEVER been arrested nor had I ever committed a crime. So does that mean I can break the law and be forgiven because I paid taxes and never got arrested??? Think about how ridiculous this argument in support of illegals sounds. If they can break the law then we can too. Just try it and see what happens to you. YOU will be put in prison. We need to not only send illegals packing we need to… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

brackenkaren . . . God Bless you for stating the obvious! We bring in the poor, disheveled from third world countries . . . many of which are not necessarily of sound mind, or normal average intelligence (look at the recent article here on FOTM that stated the IQ’s for some of the African countries, which indicate dismally lower, much lower IQ’s than of the average American citizen; then look at so many of the Muslimes, who have for centuries, indulged in inter-breeding, which has caused brain abnormalities, and lower IQ’s. Many of these individuals cannot and do not possess… Read more »

MA in MO
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MA in MO

I thought companies were suppose to face a fine if they hired an illegal. What jumps out at me in this article is the fact that Pepperidge Farm’s as outsourced their hiring to another company. “ABC News reached out to Pepperidge Farm for a comment about Lopez’s work permit, and the company said he was hired by a third-party company, Spherion, which manages packaging workers at the facility. Spherion confirmed for ABC News that Lopez had a valid work permit and it hired him in October 2016.” What needs to be looked at is why Pepperidge Farms outsource their hiring… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

MA in MO . . . I would say you have hit on a splendid idea. Who cares that Pepperidge Farms outsourced their hiring . . . if they signed his pay checks, they should legally be on the hook for hiring an illegal citizen. ICE should get busy and conduct a raid on Pepperidge Farms, ferret out any and all other illegal workers . . . and FINE PEPERAGE FARMS FOR HAVING ILLEGALS ON THEIR PAYROLL. We, the American people, don’t care what reasons, or excuses Pepperage Farms may have for not following our laws!!!! Let them pay a… Read more »

Maryaha
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ABC is all lies, all the time. Since their stories are designed to make liberals look good, I would say this story is either highly embellished for an emotional response, or a complete fabrication. When I find out that someone is a liar, like the MSM have proven to be, I don’t take a word they say as truth.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Maryaha . . .I agree, ABC, along with all the other Alphabet news outlets are liars. They craft their stories in whatever manner will make the Leftists/Progressives look like the party of the People. When in fact the party they represent is the party to crush and destroy “We the People.”

Jackie Puppet
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Jackie Puppet

This just goes to show that those who really need to be prosecuted, are the businesses that hire the illegal aliens, whether they hire them, or contract a third party to do so in the form of temp agencies or day labor pools – in addition to the illegals themselves. CEOs/Presidents of these companies need to start doing hard time.
Guess I can add Pepperidge Farm to the list of companies I boycott. A lot of their stuff is overpriced anyway, so you know they’re making a killing.

Alma
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Alma

I feel bad that this man had to leave, he was put on notice and remained in the country -looks like a good family man, and paid his dues but was an illegal immigrant thus disqualified himself from being a law abiding citizen. Base on the children’s citizenship and his good behavior, a immigration attorney ($$$$$) could help him, meanwhile, GOOD BYE, take a number, wait; if the law is not followed, the law will catch up with illegals sooner than later.

weezy
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weezy

Try to do what he did in Mexico and see what happens. Their immigration laws are kept to the tee and they are very stiff laws on immigration. I don’t feel sorry for him at all. He had plenty of warnings and plenty of time!!!!!

chemtrailssuck
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Not sure if it’s like this anymore, but in England even if you were there on a ‘temporary visa’, they would not allow you to work.

Goldbug
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Goldbug

Want to stop the hiring of illegal aliens in the U.S.? Then impose a minimum five (5) years mandatory jail time per incident for employers who hire them. No blaming it on third parties, no “I didn’t know,” or “he was a good family man,” no excuses.

chemtrailssuck
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I don’t understand it, why don’t they just apply for citizenship? Is the wait too long (20 years or something?)? Does it cost too much money? What’s the real reason? Seems that if he really cared about his family he’d have applied for citizenship by now.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

NO, they want them to vote illegally too. They can’t wait for them to go through the process. They want to short-circuit the election cycle by getting them driver’s licenses and claiming that they’re citizens when they are not.

badixon
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badixon

The cost for the process of becoming a citizen is approx. $7,000.

Alma
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Alma

The circumstances of the Cuban “refugees” in the 60s were different and we entered the United States paroled indefinitely, we were opponents of the communist regime and later became American citizens. Citizenship was not given to us, we had to work for it, Learn English, pass a not so easy test and finally earning our diploma. I am very proud of all that WE have accomplished.

Alma
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Alma

I must say I have voted in every local, state and Presidential elections, never missed one!!!

Andi
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Andi

I feel somewhat badly for the family but he shouldn’t have been here illegally to begin with. There are families, who are native born, that get broken up after a parent is sent to jail/prison in the US. For theft, assault, etc. Some liberals may even object to that, but seems most only cry about illegals’ families being split up. Pep Farm and others who hire illegals need to be held accountable also. Btw, last month I was at a Kroger and saw a Goldfish crackers display celebrating “gay pride”, the display & packaging had rainbow stuff. Sad especially being… Read more »

Youghn
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While we’re at it can we deport all the lawyers as well?

Alma
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Alma

Youghn, high five, remember, money talks………

Glenn47
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Glenn47

I am not taking the side of this man at all, but I am curious as to why he was singled out for deportation over those that are committing serious crimes and drawing from our social services.
He had plenty of time to become a citizen, did he ever vote or try to?
For eight years we watched as thousands of invaders we given a fast track into citizenship over others that waited their turn and did it the correct way.
I pray this admin will bring our country back.

CalGirl
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The janitor in my middle school has been here illegally since she was 14–FIFTY YEARS..nearly ready to “retire” fr our school district..& she asked me to write a “recommendation ” for her b/c she was FINALLY ( w/Trump …THE WALL HIMSELF) serious abt pursuing American Citizenship. (!!!!!). WTF?????????

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I need a moment to process that. I don’t bear anyone any ill will. That goes for family people who have earned their livliehoods the entire time they’ve been here. Still, there are ways that a person can legally become a citizen. On top of that, ever since Ronnie Ray-Gun it has been illegal for employers to hire illegal aliens. Still, look around. Everywhere one looks, there they are. I suspect if the jobs dried up the US might not look quite as desirable as it does today. In terms of “retirement”. How does a publicly-funded school district pay an… Read more »

momsaid2
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momsaid2

When Rudy Giuliani started out as mayor of NYC, he had cops enforce jaywalking and panhandling laws. Once the ‘windshield washers’, who spat on car glass, wiped it, then tried to force people to pay for the ‘service’ were arrested, the bigger fish saw the writing on the wall…and crime dropped quickly. When the ‘low-hanging fruit’ can’t weasel their way out of consequences, everyone else knows the cops mean business.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

He’s an interesting study. His own mother wouldn’t talk to him for years. He was the ultimate climber. At the time of his “get tough on crime” period, he wasn’t thought too highly of either. Nonetheless, he DID clean up the streets of NYC. Now, and I suspect its because the others have gotten so awful, he looks pretty good. Really, not to put too fine a point on it, isn’t that what we actually pay government to do? Dispose of the trash and preserve order? In order to preserve a culture one has to start with one. When forces… Read more »

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