A father of two children had to rebuild his life in Mexico after being deported after almost 30 years in the United States.
Gastón Cazares left his native Mexico, aged 17, and settled in San Diego until he was told in April 2017 that he would have to return to Tijuana.
Even though his wife Ahimee, his autistic son Ivan and his daughter Yahaira live only 20 miles away in San Diego, Cazares will never be able to visit his home again in accordance with the current immigration law.
Cazares still hopes to reunite completely with his family, but current immigration laws prohibit him from re-entering the US. UU Never more.
Gaston Cazares (from left to right) with his daughter Yahaira, wife Ahimee and son Ivan
Gaston Cazares has managed to get up by opening a food truck in Tijuana after he was deported to his native Mexico at the end of September 2017.
Since returning home, he set up a food truck and, although the business is booming, he says he is not as comfortable as he was when he lived in the United States.
"It's not easy, but I think we're fine," Cazares told Univision recently.
& # 39; As with everything, there are times when it becomes difficult for us, but I have to find a way to keep moving forward. & # 39;
Cazares recalled his trip to America in an interview with the Voice of San Diego in March.
He left home in 1988, establishing himself as an undocumented immigrant in Southern California.
Cazares visited relatives in Mexico in 1998 and, upon returning, internal agents discovered that he had lied about being a US citizen.
Despite having been rejected by immigration officials, he managed to enter the United States illegally again.
But he was landed with a misdemeanor after a raid on the outside of his home in 2011 that revealed he had obtained false documents.
Just a few weeks ago, after completing her high school graduation, Gaston's daughter, Yahaira, crosses the border for a surprise visit.
Gaston Cazares feared the negative effect his deportation would have on his autistic son Ivan
Under the administration of Barack Obama, immigration officials took into consideration the medical condition of his son Ivan and allowed him to remain in the country as long as he followed certain guidelines of Immigration and Customs Control (ICE) established by the United States.
He reported regularly to a local ICE agency center, but after a meeting in April 2017, he was informed that he could no longer stay in the US. UU As an undocumented immigrant.
The movement left the wife working overtime in an attempt to help raise her children, who help operate the food truck on her visits south of the border.
"I like having them involved," Cazares told Univision.
"I like them to learn, see, how we should move forward, despite the situations we face."