Phoenix Cross-Country Coach Miguel Aparicio Deported

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Miguel Aparicio, 37, deported on Monday, despite ICE director John Morton's empty "changes" to ICE deportation policies

Last week United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement honcho John Morton announced a series of  "improvements" meant to keep ICE's focus on deporting aliens with serious criminal records.

In spite of these highly touted policy changes, ICE today deported a Phoenix high school cross-country coach who had done a lot of good for the local community and had little more than an old DUI on his record.

Miguel Aparicio, 37, was removed from the country after turning himself in at Phoenix's ICE office downtown. He was originally arrested in 2009 for a minor traffic violation, and had fought his case since then.

"We presented all those arguments from [Morton's memo on the ICE policy changes] in my motion to reopen," said Jose Penalosa, Aparicio's lawyer. "But...law enforcement [has a different opinion] than I do as an advocate."

The coach was set to leave the country voluntarily on Friday, but his lawyer moved for a stay of deportation in the wake of Morton's announcement.

"Because of the change of circumstances of this policy memorandum [Aparicio] decided to stay here and put his [best] foot forward, and perhaps be the first case here in Arizona, and nationwide, where [Morton's new policies] would be considered," Penalosa explained.

If Aparcio's judge had accepted the motion, he would have remained in ICE custody, where he could have continued to contest his removal.

However, once Aparicio is in Mexico, his case is basically closed.

"The chances of reopening the case are very minimal," admitted Penalosa.

Many of Aparicio's former cross-country students were at the ICE office to show their support.

Heberto Chavez, 18, was devastated by ICE's decision to deport his ex-coach. Chavez is a South Mountain High School student, one of the schools where Aparicio had done volunteer coaching.

"I had high hopes that he could stay," Chavez said. "He's a great person that shouldn't have to leave the country."

Even though Morton's new guidelines regarding removals should have helped Aparicio's case, it seems Morton's announcement was little more than an empty PR stunt meant to revamp ICE's image.

Or perhaps local ICE officials didn't receive their boss's memo on time, Penalosa offered.

"Since it just came out on Friday, [maybe] it hasn't made its way down to the chain of command," he explained. "But I made it known in my [motion]. So if I know, they should know."

Aparicio spoke to New Times before he was deported, and said he had no idea what he would do if returned to the country of his birth.

"I don't believe he made any specific plans," stated Penalosa.

Penalosa said once Aparicio is in Mexico, he might "communicate with friends and family here to send him money to get to where he needs to go."

Aparicio's grandmother, who is a legal permanent U.S. resident, also resides in Phoenix. His lawyer says she might have to move to Los Angeles to live with a granddaughter of hers.

This evening, Aparicio is on a bus on his way to Nogales, Mexico with only $30 in his pocket. His lawyer speculates that the popular track coach might go to Mexico City, a place he hasn't seen since he was 15-years-old, hoping to find a relative there.

Until ICE actually follows Morton's recent "changes," or President Obama steps up on immigration reform, people with cases similar to Aparicio's will keep getting booted from the U.S..

"We need to express our disappointment," said Carmen Cornejo, a pro-immigrant activist who started an Internet campaign to stop Aparicio's deportation. "Unfortunately [Aparicio] is getting deported today, but we need to let [ICE officials] know we're watching them."


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keanolo
keanolo

Good riddance, its about time this scofflaw was booted out of the country.  And Mikey don't ever come back here again.  If you do its the inside of prison walls for your sorry arse.

Anon
Anon

What an absolute waste, when there are real criminals they could spend their time hunting down. This is cruel and inhumane. There has to be a better way then to destroy good people.

planet-peace
planet-peace

What's happened to civility?  Why would some of you even respond to the crude remarks made with fxxx used as a verb, noun, adjective and adverb.  Where is the moderator?

Lauri
Lauri

Everyone on his side is saying what a great person he is and how he's such an asset to the community, and everyone who is complaining that he has taken away a job for an American has forgotten one thing! If he's such a great person, who's social security # did he use? That is what is interesting to me that no one is talking about. Not only are they taking jobs of Americans, who's paying the taxes on these people's wages??

guest
guest

he only has $30 :( I think it would be a really nice gesture if the students whose lives have been changed for the better by miguel, would send some of their summer job money to him in mexico.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Yes, in my opinion, he should have been deported. This, however, is a dichotomy that most of us wish doesn't exist....

(1) He came here as a teenager of his own will, guided by adults who encouraged him and supported him.

(2) He remained in the country as an undocumented person and took advantage of our school system to educate himself and become a productive citizen.

(3) He circumvented the system to make it work for himself, knowing the risk he, and many others like him, was facing.

(4) He got caught, and for the past two years he has been involved in a legal battle to get around our immigration laws. Laws that have been promulgated by our legislators and approved by the voters, on a federal level.

(5) He lost the battle and has been deported, according to our laws, after exhaustive judicial review by a judge who is well versed in immigration law and who considered all the circumstances, including his misdeeds and those things he has done for our community.

MANY others are in the same boat and are probably deported daily without all the fanfare of this guy. I have a friend from South Africa (very white female, by the way) who was deported in the same fashion several years ago when she divorced her U.S. husband and lost resident status.

The ONLY answer to this issue, and many others, is Immigration Reform. At some point our federal legislators will have to tackle this issue and make reasonable changes to law.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

More good news on the deportation front!  It sounds like the Obama administration is finally starting to get the message from the voters:

Over 2,400 arrested in one-week immigration crackdown

(Reuters) - More than 2,400 convicted foreign nationals were arrested by officials during a nationwide seven-day operation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Tuesday.

The "Cross Check" enforcement operation, conducted in May, detained individuals convicted for crimes such as armed robbery, drug trafficking, child abuse, sexual crimes against minors, aggravated assault, theft, forgery and DUI, an ICE statement said."The results of this operation underscore ICE's ongoing focus on arresting those convicted criminal aliens who prey upon our communities, and tracking down fugitives who game our nation's immigration system," ICE Director John Morton said in the statement.Twenty-two percent of those taken into custody were immigration fugitives who had already had outstanding orders of deportation.ICE has removed a record number of criminal foreign nationals this year, according to the agency: more than 109,700 in fiscal year 2011.

Aiissabeth
Aiissabeth

I am amazed at the attitudes. This man, no matter what nationality was a credit to our community. It was a disservice to our children to deport him. Who knows how many lives he touched during the course of his career? How many more could he have led down the right path had he been allowed to stay? He's the kind of man I want in America.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

For once I have to say good job to the Obama administration and the ICE on this case.  Regardless of what your personal feelings are for this man the simple fact is that he was here illegally, he was working illegally in this country undoubtedly taking a job away from a deserving American citizen, even after he finally lost his "legitimate" job he continued to work illegally as an electrician once again taking work away from an American, he also committed a serious crime DUI that could have easily resulted in death.  Now if we can give the same treatment to the other several million "Miguel Aparicios" pulling the same crap in this country...

Jason
Jason

What I don't understand is if Morton's announcement was to deport criminal illegals with serious felonies on their records, why deport this guy? He had a 10 year old DUI on his record.

Then again, he's a criminal illegal. He is still in violation of federal law and subject to deportation.

I also don't get why he didn't appeal to say, Congress or Obama or whomever. I'm sure a reprieve could've been granted. Who knows? Maybe Mr. Aparicio will be like that one guy who self-deported, had a U.S. Senator help him get his case heard and got a green card. I believe that guy went on to enlist in the Army. 

Anna7978marie
Anna7978marie

So sad how many Americans now are so ignorant, who have such low class yet speak about mexicans who are illegal as if they are not human.....have compassion or even a heart........

enough
enough

Enough!!! Our community needs to stage massive boycotts!!! ICE is destroying our communities, persecuting good people. I am tired of all the racism, hate and destruction on the hands of those that are heartless monsters. If anyone thinks that this was justice then you are a monster.

Nativo Lopez IX
Nativo Lopez IX

Miguel Aparacio was an illegal alien. He is now back in his home country. I am sure there are many Mexicans who will benefit from his expertise and dedication. May God be with him. 

Bobby
Bobby

I doubt it, there are nearly 30 million people here illegally. That 11 million figure is 15 years old.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

There is no moderator on this site. You're welcome to say how you feel in whatever language and context you wish to use. It's not always pretty, however, so if you're easily offended you probably shouldn't read the words written here. Justin Case

Bobby
Bobby

Civility isn't the issue. Cut the phony moralizing.

Jason
Jason

Nobody, since the SSN was stolen and it costs the victim tens of thousands of dollars just to fix it.

In the meantime, the feds and state aren't getting paid their money on the money earned by the useless criminal illegal because...wait for it...wait for it...the criminal illegals are too scared of deportation to file an income tax return!!

So, there was one victim here. The taxpaying American citizen. 

Bobby
Bobby

I'm sorry if I'm doubtfull, but the Bush Administration used to pull the same B.S. They'd have these periodic raids, in obscure places and point to how much they're doing on illegal immigration. At the same time, they'd leave the border wide open, and places that employed thousands of illegal aliens--alone. In fact, there was just a report that they are doing less than the Bush Administration did, during the same length of time in office.

Bobby
Bobby

Not me. He, 1)dissed the School Administration,2) Drove drunk repeatedly,3) used a false I.D.(possibly stole someone's identity)etc. When you become head of your own country, you can import who you want.

Jason
Jason

We don't care about his nationality. The simple fact remains that he is a criminal illegal who deserved and needed to be booted.

"It was a disservice to our children to deport him."

How? As far as I can tell, this guy was nothing but a criminal. Do you or would you want your children to associate with criminals? I think not. Your children should revere people like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. Not some useless criminal illegal who was gaming the system and got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  

"He's the kind of man I want in America."

You want a criminal associating with your children? Are you OK? How much crystal meth have you ingested? The negatives this guy created by his false illusions far outweigh the positives. No matter how many lives he "touched" he is still a criminal.  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I understand and appreciate your emotional response. That said, however, my friend from South Africa lost her resident status when she her U.S. husband divorced her and she, like Mr. Aparicio, voluntarily left the country under threat of deportation. We can't get her back, either, and she did many great things for others while she was living here. Perhaps Mr. Aparicio will continue doing great things for children in his home country.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

How about the fact that he broke many laws repeatedly for years on end?  I understand that people may have a personal attachment to this man but the reality is that he is a criminal and an illegal immigrant.  But his worst crime in my opinion was taking work away from American citizens for years on end, especially now that the we have close to 10 percent unemployment in this state.  Moreover, maybe going back to Mexico City is good for him and good for Mexico in general, I am sure that there are many more underprivileged kids in Mexico that could use his guidance.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Stop your spamming on this site. It's not welcome.

Bobby
Bobby

Anna, are you for "real"!!!. The United States of America, has given Mexicans here legally, priority over native born Americans who aren't Mexicans, because Mexicans are defined as a "protected minority". They have heaven here. This is their promised land. Please don't insult Americans who aren't Mexican.

Mimi
Mimi

Anna, I don't think this is about being Mexican; it's about illegal entry into the country.  My family had a member who came over here on a visitor's visa and overstayed his welcome.  He started a business, bought a house, did a nice job raising my cousins - and when he got caught he was kicked out of the country, back to his homeland.  He didn't get a 10 year deportation - he got a lifetime deportation!  While here he never had a DUI, didn't run a stop sign, didn't do anything wrong.  He was an asset to his community, etc.. And he broke the law the same as this coach and he got an even stiffer punishment.  This is not a question of race or nationality, but one of not abiding by immigration and emigration laws of two countries.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

No one is saying that he isn't human, what the people of the US are saying is that he is not an American citizen and he has no legal right to come here and take a job away from an American citizen.

Bobby
Bobby

ICE is barely getting started. ICE is a lightweight so far.

Jason
Jason

I'm not a monster and I think it was justice. This guy's a criminal. If you people would stop sucking Mexican dick for a minute and see the big picture, you may actually get it.

I am friends with several Hispanics here in Mesa where I live, and even they want to see the laws enforced correctly.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Actually the ICE is the only thing protecting our communities from thieves and criminals like Miguel Aparicio who are coming here and taking jobs away from American citizens and committing serious crimes.  Good work ICE and good work Obama administration!

Hire American
Hire American

Yes, communities have been destroyed.....by ILLEGALS. Time to take back our country.

Maz
Maz

bbbbubye :)

Aiissabeth
Aiissabeth

I'm not going to bother reasoning with you Jason, it's obviously a lost cause. Your personal attack on me because I have a different opinion is just ridiculous. I refuse to lower myself and fire back. I feel sorry for you.

guest
guest

what the fuck happened to you tommy? are you on that new "low t" medicine or something? if I hadn't read so many or your weepy bleeding-heart posts in the past, I'd think that you grew a pair or at least supplemented the two grapes that you've been sporting up to now.

Bobby
Bobby

The "Big Picture" sorry to say for many Mexicans, is Mexico and Mexicans. I've experienced it too many times. I'm in a liquor store the other day buying a cool one, when the owner, one of the nicest guys in the world, George, a Japanese American, starts raising his voice to a cholo looking guy and tells him to put the beer back he put in his back pocket. Well, he did put it back, but while grinning, he says, take it easy George, that beer and this land your'e on belongs to me, it belongs to Mexico. I swear I'm NOT making this up. My point, YOU CAN SEE WHY SO MANY MEXICANS WITH AN ATTITUDE PISS AMERICANS OFF.

Hire American
Hire American

This is why we need to get the illegals outta here.

Jason
Jason

Don't feel sorry for me. I will feel sorry for you when a criminal illegal steals your SSN and vaccums up a job designated for a hard working American.

I am all for legal immigration and I am all for people who want to come to the U.S. in search for a better life. However, to sneak into the United States and ruin, either intentionally or unintentionally, someone's life through identity theft, coupled with the fact that the person who's using the stolen ID is gaming the system for their own personal gain, is wrong and you know it. So quit sucking Mexican dick and open your eyes to the fact that this is a real epidemic in the United States and it needs to stop.  

Bobby
Bobby

Nativist=American citizen who belongs here.

Bobby
Bobby

Wer"e not really talking about a better world. Wer'e talking about the United States of America. Will some of you people ever get that through your thick heads?

Bobby
Bobby

Come on Keith, get real. Your'e just advocating more anti-Americanism and lawlessness.

Jason
Jason

Then YOU house, clothe, feed, educate and support your 100 criminal illegals. I'm sick of it. They fucking smell worse than the garbage in my garbage can, probably because they ARE garbage, they steal jobs from Americans (28.21 million AMERICANS are out of work, BTW, 595,000 in Arizona alone), and they have absolutely NOTHING to offer to society, except how to be a fucking criminal.

So, you support your lawbreakers. I will fight to rid us of these detrimental criminals who steal your ID's to work (fraud, ID theft, money laundering, embezzlement, theft, falsely obtaining work, submitting fraudulent federal documents, illegal entry, etc. BTW, some of these are FELONIES). So, that means you support felons. These are the future of America huh? Criminals? Felons? Thieves? NOW you people see why the bullshit DREAM Act will NEVER pass Congress. It has never passed Congress in the 10 years it has been introduced. It is a failure.

Sayonara all you fucking criminal illegals!!!

Jason
Jason

Right. That's why I served in the Army and you have not. Now who's the un-American?

Jason
Jason

Um, I put my ass on the line in defense of the United States when I was in the Army, Keith. What have YOU done to make this a better world, Keith?

J Curwen
J Curwen

Take a hike, nativist scum!

Keith
Keith

Oh, and what have YOU done to make this a better world, Jason?

Keith
Keith

Jason, I'd gladly welcome 100 undocumented immigrants like the coach in exchange for every un-American dumb ass like you.

Jason
Jason

Agreed. Americans need jobs more than the useless criminal illegals.

Jason
Jason

I served in the U.S. Army and I want the criminal illegals outta here.

They reek, they take jobs away from American citizens, who are in dire need of work, especially with a 9% unemployment rate, and they speak only Spanish, when they need to learn English.

So yeah, fuck the criminal illegals. Get rid of them all.

Anna
Anna

You say this is why we need to get illegals out of here......why because they freely volunteer to help better out youth...what have you done for our country? I bet nothing you simpleton....

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