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Jairo Garcia del Cid
A Durham teen has been deported after ten months in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Jairo Garcia del Cid was taken into ICE custody after the agency lodged a detainer request for him while he was being held at the Durham County Detention Facility. He had been a student at Durham's Jordan High School.
Garcia del Cid was charged with stealing a car and confined to the Durham jail in March. ICE then issued a hold for
him, essentially asking the Durham jail to detain him for up to forty-eight hours after his local charges had been resolved.
The charge against Garcia del Cid was dropped April 5, and two days later he was picked up by ICE.
At the time, the Sheriff's Office denied to the INDY
that it participates in Secure Communities, a program that facilitates detainer requests but ICE confirmed it had lodged the hold. An ICE spokesperson declined to say where agents took Garcia del Cid into custody.
According to ICE, Garcia del Cid was removed from the country on Friday after ten months at the Stewart Detention Center, a privately run immigration detention facility in Georgia.
"U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) takes seriously its obligation to enforce the nation’s immigration laws, and the enforcement actions ICE employs are intended to accomplish this fairly and efficiently," ICE spokeswoman Tamara Spicer said in an email. "ICE focuses its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety, and border security."
According to an affidavit by Garcia del Cid as part of his asylum application
, he came to the United States from El Salvador in 2016, escaping threats from MS-13. Upon his arrival, he was given unaccompanied minor status and released to the custody of his grandmother, who appealed to the Durham County Board of Commissioners after learning that bonding him out of the Durham County Detention Facility may only speed up his removal proceedings.
"In my church in El Salvador, they said that we shouldn't get involved with the gangs. They told us we would end up in jail or dead," he wrote in the 2017 affidavit. "Now I am here in jail. I'm afraid to end up dead."
Garcia del Cid was one of 114 people
held at the Durham County jail with detainer requests last year—about twice as many as in 2015. Fifty-seven were taken into ICE custody.
Detainer usage peaked around 2011 and took a significant dip after 2014,
when the Obama administration prioritized for deportation people convicted of serious crimes. Although detainer requests were already on the rise when Donald Trump was elected president, the number sent to local jails has spiked nationwide since his inauguration. More detainers were issued in July 2017 than in any month since November 2013.