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Mario Garcia Returned To US To Support His Mother Ended Up in MCC Amid Coronavirus

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 6 – Mario Garcia has been in the Metropolitan Correctional Center for the last two months amid the Coronavirus pandemic. How did he get there? 

 He came to the United States from Mexico in 1999, initially working at "menial" jobs then as a low level drug dealer. He was arrested and deported.  

 He returned on foot, making his way to New York. He worked as a dishwasher and busboy but was arrested for illegal re-entry. He was sentenced in the EDNY to 27 months then deported again.

    But his mother in Mexico became ill and he returned to the Bronx to try to make money for her care, working in a restaurant and making deliveries. He was arrested and detained amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 On May 6 he came up for sentencing before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Chief Judge Colleen McMahon. Inner City Press covered it.

Assistant US Attorney Jacob H. Gutwillig sought a further sentence of 10 to 16 months.

Judge McMahon to her credit decided on time served and deportation, adding to Garcia that he must not come in again. But she called his desire to care for his month honorable. The case is US v. Garcia, 19-cv-787 (McMahon).


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