Willard father of four faces deportation back to Mexico

Family threatened by deportation

WILLARD - Tales of immigration and deportation have been headlines for months.

Jasmine Monroe sat down with a local family who is facing the reality, of deportation head-on.

Fighting back tears 10-year-old Anuarlara is dreading next Tuesday - the day his dad will get deported back to Mexico.

'If I don't have my dad with me I won't get to do my dream, or do anything!" he says.

Jesus Lara Lopez has been living in the United States for 17 years as an undocumented immigrant.

Despite working hard, having no criminal record and paying taxes, Lopez’s biggest fear is now coming true.

"I never knew this was going to happen to me" says Jesus.

For years, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, did not seem to notice him, though ICE was always in his mind.

In 2008 he was pulled over for a minor traffic violation.

He was cited for not having an Ohio driver's license, and was given an order of deportation in 2008. 

After fighting it, his appeal was denied in 2011.

For the past six years, he was given permission to stay in the U.S. and work until the deportation order was activated.

Four months ago Lopez and his family got the news .

On July 18, Jesus Lara Lopez will be deported.

He will be forced to leave his wife and four children behind.

"I'm not ready yet to be the man of the house I don't know how to cook or take care of them I don't know what to do." says Jesus oldest son.

Lopez says all he can do now is trust in the lord to get them through this tough time.

"I know the lord will do something big for me to stay."
 


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