“They're giving him an extension, they're giving him a few more months, and as happy as we are about that, we need to make sure that ICE, Homeland Security, people all across the spectrum need to understand that we don't need these deportations,” said Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, addressing the crowd. “Not today, not tomorrow, not this week, not this month, never! No more deportations!”
Sanchez's story is unique in just how circumstances forced him to within hours of deportation to a country he hasn't seen since his youth. A construction worker in the Tampa area who is married to an American citizen with a daughter born in the United States, Sanchez found himself a target for deportation after a lawyer that he believed was helping him gain American citizenship filed a “voluntary departure” form without Sanchez's knowledge or consent. The lawyer has since been debarred for malpractice. From that point Sanchez was forced to wear a monitoring bracelet as he counted down to September 26, the day he was supposed to be deported.