3/2/2017 The Guardian
Jorge Valdéz Rivera emerged in tears from the airport security doors at Mexico City’s international terminal, clutching a small rucksack with a few meagre belongings he’d salvaged from his American life.
Valdéz, 41, was detained on his way home from a factory night shift on 20 January – just hours before Donald Trump’s inauguration. This week, he was deported to Mexico after 14 years living in Illinois, where his three children were born.
His removal was expedited thanks to an existing deportation order issued in 2010 after he’d been arrested for urinating in public while under the influence of alcohol.
Recent raids across American cities have generated terror among immigrant communities, and lent credence to fears that the US president intends to make good on campaign promises to detain and deport millions of undocumented people.