For years, Hernandez had been showing up for routine meetings with ICE in downtown Atlanta, something he was ordered to do after his 2013 conviction for driving without a license. Then it happened. ICE took him into custody at his check-in on March 9 and is now preparing to deport him to Mexico.
“My whole family will suffer significantly and tremendous hardship if I were to get deported,” Hernandez wrote ICE before he was detained last month. “The fear and worriedness I see in them is very stressful and heartbreaking.”