Phoenix High School Track Coach's Deportation Set for Friday

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Miguel Aparicio, 37, is set to be deported Friday. He hopes that a miracle happens and one day he can go back to coaching cross-country here in Phoenix.

​​Miguel Aparicio's story is a prime example of how the U.S. immigration system can take someone from one extreme to another.

In 2009, as he was driving down to a friend's house in Casa Grande to do some electrician work, he was pulled over for a minor traffic stop. In the process of the traffic stop the officer found out that Aparicio, 37, is an undocumented immigrant. 

Now, he is fighting an order of deportation that is set for Friday morning. 

But before his run into the law, Aparicio was enjoying his life as a cross-country coach for a few Valley high schools.

He first started as a volunteer coach in 1997 for South Mountain High School, but then moved on to Cesar Chavez High School. His most successful experience as a coach was at Alhambra High in Phoenix, where his team has won various competitions.  

However, It wasn't until his arrest, in 2009, that the school district decided to fire him and ask him not to have any connection with the cross-country team. 

But he defied the order. Ultimately, the head coach was fired for allowing Aparicio to have contact with the cross-country team. He would take the team outside of school premises to allow Aparicio coach the students.

"I'm sure the school district knows that I would still coach," Aparicio says. 

When he first applied at South Mountain, he had a valid Arizona driver's license, he got it before the state started asking for Social Security numbers to apply for one. In order to present a Social Security number, he made up one. 

The school district even fingerprinted him and did a background check on him, he says. Somehow he was still cleared to be a volunteer cross-country coach.

He re-applied every year, so each year the school district officials always had a chance to find out about his immigration status, but they didn't.

"I believe the school district office wasn't doing their job," he points out. "Because I was able to work for...many years."

Even though Aparicio was a hard worker (working as an electrician by day and coaching by night) and his passion for cross-country made him a likable guy in the community, he hasn't been a saint. In 2002 he was charged with a DUI and lost his driver's license.

But even so, the district let him go on as a volunteer coach after he had brought up the incident to district officials.

By this time "the [school officials] must have known that I was illegal," Aparicio asserts. 

It wasn't until 2009, when he was face-to-face with the law and the Arizona Republic started covering the story, that the district let him go.

"They said they were getting too much negative attention," Aparicio recalls. "So, they told me to go away."

His story that has made him another poster boy for comprehensive immigration reform, Carmen Cornejo, an activist who fights for immigrants' rights, claims.

"A lot of people [in the community] know him for his compassion and his involvement in sports," Cornejo explains.

In order to stop his deportation there is an Internet campaign to alert the general public about Aparicio's situation.

The last time Aparicio saw his native home in Mexico City he was only 15. He was brought to the United States by a smuggler, who was paid by Aparicio's grandmother. So he hopes that a miracle happens and he's allowed to stay.

"All my life is here," he explains. "So I don't know what I would do if I have to go back."

As of now he has to be ready to leave the country on Friday, unless he receives an extension so he can keep fighting his case.

"That's the only hope I have," he says.

But the chances of that happening are slim. Particularly as the Obama Administration is deporting more illegal immigrants these days than Obama's predecessor George W. Bush.


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Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School.She was raised by her Grandmother who was a whore in Mexico. This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

Firefotocom
Firefotocom

I have 2 questions  first How did he get a job at a working at a high school being an illegal alien someone didn't do his background check or he stole someones ID 2, He was here for over 15 years why didn't he start his immigration papers he did not want to be found out  

Carlos
Carlos

Good, he shoudl be deported....breaking the law is breaking the law, no matter what he did here in the US....and it's NOT undocumented Immigrant...it's called ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT or ILLEGAL ALIEN.

n8whit
n8whit

Seems he not only broke the law by being here illegally, cutting in front of the millions doing it the legal way, but he broke our labor laws asw well. Bye. 

bigriggs
bigriggs

Send him back home. Another stupid sob story.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

And in other good immigration news there is a new bill in the US House to make E-Verify mandatory nation wide!

"The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued a press release on Tuesday endorsing the Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2164) introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith, which would require all businesses in the country to begin using E-Verify within three years of enactment.  The National Association of Home Builders and National Restaurant Association offered their endorsement of the bill during a hearing held by the House Immigration Subcommittee earlier today"

Now we can start getting rid of even more of the Miguel Aparicios who are illegally taking jobs away from American citizens.  Good news all around!

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Funny how this story ignores the fact that this guy was taking a job away from an American citizen until he got caught DRUNK DRIVING.  Now an American has a job and this drunk is hopefully off the American streets for good.  This is a big success story.  Let me be the first to say to the "coach":

na-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na, hey-hey-hey, good-bye

Rosas29
Rosas29

Coach has really impacted my life. i consider him my second father. he has been there for the entire team and every onther runner that wasnt he supported every one

Bobby
Bobby

Wait a minute. I did not realize the "coach" was here since he was 15. Yes, he probably shouldn't be deported in this case. However, the guy is still no model citizen in my book. Drunk driving, defying the school system, making up a Social Security # etc.

Bobby
Bobby

The coach was fired but "defied the order". Thinks about it. The guys here illegally, is working as an electrician illegally, and when officials of the US school system says he is fired, as they have the right to do. he ignores them and goes on his arrogant way. Can you say, balls?

Bobby
Bobby

In order to present a valid S.S. Number he made one up.

windy
windy

I have known Coach Miguel a little longer then a year and from that i could tell you what a great man he is and how much he means to many people in this community. He has given more to this community then MOST Americans! He may have made mistakes in the past...but don't we all?...are you telling me that every person we look up to right now hasnt had some troubles in their past? He is a good example of a community leader, he has done a lot for many of his runners without expecting anything back. Come on now he has been a volunteer Coach as in he gets no pay. I understand that many people have their own opinion and i am not going to waste my time and argue with you because its most certain that i am not going to change your mind. But I really think its unfair to send my coach back to a country he no longer knows. He has trained runners who are american citizens to get them to a state level, trained runners to win a state championship, help them get scholarships, and acheive their goals...and like i said before without expecting anything back. And now the only thing he is getting back is....deporation from this country he has been calling his home. Sit down and think about how unfair that is. Yeah Bobby there is immigrantion laws i understand that...but the only reason he has violated this law is because the U.S doesn't give him the opportunity to become a citizen. Its harder then you think buddy. Trust me he would love more than anything to become a citizen...so i hope they give him that chance.

Farah Espinoza
Farah Espinoza

I am very upset at what is going on and happening to coach Miguel, but right now I don't know what to think or say other than, " who the heck do you think you are Bobby?"

Bobby
Bobby

Love it. Steam, 1969. One of the groups that appeared at Woodstock, which I missed by a hair.

HebertoChavez
HebertoChavez

na na na na na na na no american can do what he did :D and i bet you that you cant handle running in them mountains like he showed us to do :D and hey buddie my uncle got deported,,,,,,two days later he was back :D hahaha just sayin

Just A Perspective
Just A Perspective

Hey Bobby one thing you didn't know was that he defied the school system because the Alhambra team still needed his help and he couldn't just abandon them just because he was fired plus when he was fired he wasn't being paid when he was defying the school orders plus I do admit you do have the general right to your opinion and your right the immigration law is still an American law but think what if you were this man coach Miguel and you were brought here illegally at a young age and didn't know it was against the law would you just be ok with being sent back to a place you havent seen in years and also he didn't make up a social security number he was given a work number so all that he really did was drive drunk which is still something to look down upon but in this nation is still just a misdemeanor and your right coach Miguel could wish for miracles in Mexico that could bring him back legally but from all the comments posted why should he be sent to Mexico to wish for a miracle when his miracle can happen here instead of wasting tax money on sending him back and wasting gas transporting the buses back making the economy more scarce than they already are plus getting rid of all the illegals isn't really solving the nations economic problem because either way there's always going to be citizens who need jobs that just don't get them because of many reasons maybe they have a bad interview or maybe they don't meet certain qualifications and one thing why do you keep mentioning a reference to Mexico or mexicans illegal just doesn't mean mexicans and your argument with Keith has valid points but one thing you are wrong is when you said "European Americans didn't get any gratitude either" well they did and still do they might not be named but are mentioned everytime someone refers to our fore fathers who built and shaped this country to how it Is today and we also show more gratitude to them because we actually learn about them from the start of school to the end of education

Keith
Keith

Well Bobby, when it comes to being a model citizen, you've got no room to talk.  Bigotry and stupidity are not American values.

Bobby
Bobby

No Windy, the U. S. gives people opportunities to be citizens, but the "Coach" jumped in front of some other person who filled out their application legally--according to our laws, not according to someones personal desires. Can I just go to some country and start working and living there without premission? No I can't, and you can't. That's why the Coach is being deported, not because he's not a nice guy.

Bobby
Bobby

Yeah, it figures that's all you can say. It doesn't surprise me. Always attack the American in his own nation, rather than anyone that comes here illegally. Who do I think I am? I'm an American citizen that has the right to my opinion, just as Mexican citizens have the right to theirs. Understand who I am now?

Carlos
Carlos

You shut the hell up Heberto ...Send Miguel home !!...Bye bye Law Breaker.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Right, there are no Americans that can teach track and field.  Gee, last time I checked Caesar Chavez high didn't have a single runner ranked in the entire state, going back to 2006 at least:

http://www.arizonatrack.com/co...

So, by that standard it would appear as though he wasn't actually doing his job very well at all.  I'm sure you guys just liked him because he would by you cervesa and smoke mota with you.

As far as your uncle, that is why I don't think deportation is the right approach, we just have to make it impossible for him to find a job or collect welfare again, just like we have done here with Mr. Aparicio.

Bobby
Bobby

Miguel, thanks for explaining your attitude without the usual American bashing. When I found out that the coach had lived here since he was 15, I changed my mind.

Bobby
Bobby

That's why I said he probably shouldn't be deported. When I talk about European Americans, I'm not talking about the founding fathers, I'm talking about the millions of Europeans that came here and during the Industrial Revolution, worked like Oxen, like donkey's in the factories, coal mines, built dams, roads, skyscrapers, all at a time when there was---NO HEALTH CARE., NO MINMUM WORK WEEK, NO MINIMUM WAGE, NOTHING!! This is a history you don't understand because it has been hidden from you because leftists control the education system. They want to erase the contributions that European Americans gave building this nation--namely their sweat, blood and lives. They didn't get ANY GRATITUDE, THESE WORKING STIFFS, THESE PEOPLE THAT GREW PREMATURELY OLD BUILDING THIS NATION. BECOME MORE EDUCATED THAN OTHERS, LOOK AT THE HISTORICAL PICTURES. THEN YOU'LL UNDERSTAND A TRUTH THAT'S BEING HIDDEN FROM OTHERS.

Bobby
Bobby

Your'e just plain full of it. Making up excuses for people that steal social security numbers, drive drunk and give the finger to American institutions.  What does that say about your values Keith?

HebertoChavez
HebertoChavez

hey buddie calm it down. seriously youre looking like an ass. we want coach to stay. we NEED coach to stay. and yeah sure, go to mexico, you can go over there and work. I've done it. but hey its simple what you should do, QUIT COMMENTING ON EVERYONES STUFF AND GET A LIFE. man were all trying to help coach out but of course you have to try to ruin everything. so just please, quit it already. go comment on some other story and quit messing things up on here.

Farah Espinoza
Farah Espinoza

Am I by any chance attacking you mr./ mrs. Bobby? No I am not. All I did was ask a simple question; there is no need for you to think I am "attacking" you, you are not worth even "attacking". You can give me your whole "I am an American Citizen" speech, but will I care? No, I will not because it is only a matter of time I receive the opportunity to also become a citizen, and with that chance I will be able to fight even more for the rights of coach Miguel and people in his situation. And when I asked "who do you think you are?" I wasn't asking if you were an American Citizen because honestly I do not care if you are American, Chinese, Arabian, and even Hispanic, what I meant was what kind if human being are you? Generous and kind? Or unfair and selfish? Apparently you are unfair and selfish. And even though you think you are all high and mighty because you were born in this country doesnt make YOU any better than me, and I know for a fact that nowhere on this Earth, in Heaven, or even in Hell are you better than Coach Miguel. And I tell you that because I know that man personally, and I know he had worked way harder than you in this country.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

I never said I was perfect, but at least I can spell correctly and write coherent sentences, two things you are clearly having trouble with, not to mention that my insults make a lot more sense than yours do.

Runner
Runner

haha really?! your a dumb, shitty waste of body. What makes u so perfect?

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Read the article shit-for-brains:

"In 2002 he was charged with a DUI and lost his driver's license"

I'm not saying that is what a coach would do, I am saying that that is what this shitty "coach" did do.

Although I am pretty sure I could outrun you and this tubby excuse for a "coach" any day, I guess for now I will just have to rest easy with the confidence that I have proven that I can out read-you and out-think you even on a Monday afternoon without coffee.

Runnerlely
Runnerlely

haha o yea! bet you cant even run a quarter of a mile, if u even know what that is. Why is that what you would do if you were a coach? get drunk and smoke weed... what a racist idiot!

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

And they still sucked even back in 2003, I'm sure that this guy had plenty to do with it too, probably getting the students drunk and driving around late at night.

Runnerlely
Runnerlely

He hasn't coached there since 2003... get your facts straight idiot!

FDMC7
FDMC7

GENERALIZATION much....?

HebertoChavez
HebertoChavez

this country is full of crap :) we ALL know that...full of people that cant find anything else to blame things on, but hey thanks :)

Bobby
Bobby

Your'e the one looking like an ass, wanting the "coach" to stay. Guess what, I don't need him deported either, but your sympathy with those here illegally is making you loke like the ass because in case you haven't noticed, the whole country is tired of illegal immigration--fool.

Bobby
Bobby

Of course I'm worth attacking. You reaffirm it in your post. You are a Mexican Nationalist, and will be even when you become a U.S. citizen. So the fact that Americans will always come last with you, well, it's to be expected. No surpise.

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