Gonzalez, 35, went to the US when he was 15. He espoused a U.S. resident and had three daughters with no criminal history. He’s routinely checked in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Broward County, who gave him a deportation visit in 2016.
Mexican-born Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the manager of the restaurant Pizza Al Fresco, wanted Trump to be elected president during the 2016 election. Now that Trump is president, the tables have turned and Gonzalez is facing deportation because of Trump’s new immigration policy.
“When you cross the border illegally, you don’t think of any of it — you’re just looking for a better life, you want to be at a better place,” Gonzalez said. “You don’t think you’re committing a crime.”
The Palm Beach community went to rescue him, filing an appeal which postponed his meeting with ICE. However, it was not enough to keep him in the United States for a long period of time.
“While today was an important victory and a significant step in this process, this cause will continue and is far from over,”
“We look forward to additional progress in the months ahead, with the hope that when Javier again must report to DHS/ICE in less than three months, we will be able to achieve additional — and hopefully permanent — success.”