GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – A local man has been deported back to Mexico after he was pulled over for a broken tail light in Dickinson last week.
Gerardo Martinez-Morales, 52, was deported to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico Friday evening.
The father of four and grandfather of three was on his way to see a doctor around noon on March 10, 2017 when he was pulled over.
His family is now pleading with federal immigration officials to allow him to return to America.
His attorney, Raed Gonzales, argues deputies had no reasonable cause to suspect Martinez-Morales was in the country illegally, so ICE never should have gotten involved.
However, the Galveston County Sheriff said his deputies did everything by the book.
During the traffic stop, deputies discovered Martinez-Morales’ license was expired and took him to jail. He was handed over to ICE officials on Monday.
Gonzalez says his client first came to the U.S. in 1996. He said Martinez-Morales is the main provider for his family, pays taxes, and has never been convicted of a crime.
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