Broken waiver system and legacy of Colorado's "Show Me Your Papers" law threatens to separate 5 U.S. Citizens from their loving father and husband.
After marriage to his U.S. Citizen wife, Jorge was denied residency for a long-dismissed charge on his record.
A mistake by the Juarez Consular Office has led to a decade-long battle to keep Jorge with his family and there is a possibility Jorge could be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on his check in on June 6th, 2018.
Christina Zaldivar is a US citizen who has been happily married to Jorge Rafael Zaldivar Mendieta for 13 years, raising a beautiful family of 5: Josefyna (23), Yolanda (19), Dyego (13), Aanahny (10), and Francysco (7).
In 2007, Jorge & Christina went to Mexico as required by law, with their 3 kids & one on the way, to process their marriage & to apply for the waiver to a bar on re-entry. Unfortunately, Jorge was denied the waiver and thus his residency for a supposed criminal charge that he had on his record, a charge that had been dismissed in 2001.
Christina & Jorge presented evidence that the charge did not exist, but continued to be denied the waiver and his residency. Desperate to support and be with his family, Jorge returned to the US without inspection to be there for the birth of his daughter, Aanahny, whom is now 10 years old.
In 2008, Jorge was driving home from work when he underestimated the sharpness of a curve and hit a guardrail. A Jefferson County police officer arrested Jorge for driving with a suspended license and Jorge was placed into deportation proceedings under Colorado’s now repealed "Show Me Your Papers" law, SB-90.
In December of 2012 Christina received a notice from DHS ordering her to turn Jorge into ICE custody for removal. Jorge & his family have been fighting to stop his deportation since. Thanks to advocacy & constant organizing over the past 5 years, Jorge and Christina have been able to stop Jorge’s deportation by getting temporary stays of removal.
However, despite receiving 6 stays of removal in the last 5 years and acknowledgement that a mistake had been made by the Juarez consular office in 2007, Jorge could be detained by ICE at his check in on June 6th, 2018.
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