Ritzy town of Palm Beach faces fight to deport Mexican illegal; fmr Apple, Pepsi CEO takes on the cause

The former CEO of Pepsi Co. and Apple has taken to social media to fight against the deportation of a prominent Florida restaurant manager.

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the manager of the Palm Beach landmark Pizza Al Fresco, is facing the prospect of being deported under President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, the Palm Beach Post reported.

And John Sculley, and his wife Diane, are using their Twitter account to rally support for him.

Mexican born Gonzalez, who has been in America since he was 15-years-old, is scheduled to check in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday, which could see him being deported, according to the Post.

As of Tuesday the petition to stop Gonzalez’s deportation, shared by Sculley, had gained more than 5,000 signatures.

The petition was created by Gonzalez’s attorney Richard Hujber, who contended that deporting Gonzalez would mean his wife and three children would go with him to Mexico.

Prominent Palm Beach attorney Bruce McAllister sent an email to the ton council asking them to help Gonzalez.

“I implore the Mayor and Town Council to take all practical measures possible to influence your most prominent resident to protect this good man and his family from the sort of blind, bureaucratic action that often follows ill-considered or awkwardly worded policies,” he wrote.

Gonzalez came to America when he was 15 with, what he believed was, a valid Visa. But after visiting relatives in Mexico he was informed that his visa was not valid and that he was being deported and told not to return for five years, the Post reported.

He defied those orders and came back illegally.

But now his original deportation might come back to haunt him.

“Francisco Javier Gonzalez was removed from the country 0n December 14, 2001 and subsequently re-entered the country illegally,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement wrote in an email statement. “As Secretary Kelly has made clear, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”

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Carmine Sabia


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