A lawyer for an illegal alien from Mexico claims their client was duped into being deported.
The family of Luis Plaza Moreno says they were never given a chance to say good-bye, before U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials sent him back to Mexico on Saturday.
“We couldn’t get ahold of him because they moved him,” son Luis Plaza Jr said. “He called and said they dropped him off. They didn’t even give us a chance to sort this out and fight the case.
“I just don’t know why they made it so quick.”
It all started more than three years ago when Moreno was arrested for driving without a license in October, 2011. He was never charged, but Moreno’s lawyer claims he was ordered to check in with ICE officials on a regular basis, which he did until 2014, Daily News, Philly.com reported.
According to Moreno and his attorney Giovanni Perry, ICE officials eventually told Moreno he no longer needed to keep checking in.
“‘You’re not a priority. We’re not looking for you. Quit showing up. I don’t want to hear about you anymore,'” Perry said an ICE agent told her client.
Perry says Moreno was granted a stay of deportation in 2011, but it all changed when the stay was about to expire, Philly.com reported.
Moreno inquired last week about extending his stay and his work permit, and was told both would be granted on one condition… he had to show up to the Oklahoma Immigration office in person.
That’s when ICE officials nabbed him, Moreno claims.
“He doesn’t deserve this. Why him?” his oldest daughter Ivon told KFOR. “He did everything he could. I feel like he was tricked.”
“Everyone knows my father as a hardworking, very, very hardworking man,” Ivon said. “He would always tell us put everything in God’s hands.”
Moreno’s family claims he was driven to the immigration office by his son, and immediately taken into custody without the chance to say “good-bye.”
An ICE spokesperson confirmed Moreno had been taken into custody for failing to report to ICE after his original stay of had expired, KFOR reported.
Moreno’s family insists he was told in 2014 that he didn’t need to keep checking in.
Contradicting Moreno’s family who claims their father was dropped at a bus stop in Mexico, ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok told KFOR Moreno was at a detention center.
ICE offered the following statement:
“… as ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan has made clear, ICE does not 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.”
Meanwhile, Perry filed for an extension of Moreno’s stay and the family is reaching out to the community for help.
“I beg the community to help us, support us,” Ivon said. “I understand there’s laws, but he’s no harm to this community. I’m begging everyone.”
The community rallied around Moreno when he first came on the immigration radar in 2011, according to KFOR.
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