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Eber Garcia Vasquez, a 26-year Teamster member, was suddenly and unexpectedly, deported last week. His family of eight (all of whom are US Citizens) has now lost their primary breadwinner. Without Eber, and the livelihood he provided through his job, they are at risk of losing their home, health care and access to education.

When Eber was deported he and his wife were 15 years into a 30 year mortgage for their home, a home which is now at risk.

When Eber was deported his wife was wheelchair bound and in the process of paying soaring medical bills from a recent car crash, medical bills that can plunge her into debt.

When Eber was deported he was paying for his daughter’s college tuition, which is now at risk.

Like any ordinary American family, Eber’s family has expenses just simply to live. Eber’s family lost their father, but they haven’t lost their community or their union. Please donate today to help support the Garcia Vasquez family until Eber can return to the US.

Eber originally came to the U.S. from Guatemala fleeing civil war and violence. For 26 years, he has been a member of Teamsters 813, serving as a private sanitation worker in New York. In fact, he has been employed for 26 years at the same private sanitation company.

Eber was detained by ICE agents during a routine appointment he had made annually with ICE to check in and extend his stay of deportation. Within less than 2 weeks of Eber’s detention, he was transferred from detention in New Jersey, placed on an airplane in Louisiana and was flown to Guatemala, a country he fled for his life almost 30 years ago.

Eber has a path to becoming a Legal Permanent Resident – in fact, he was only a year away from getting his Green Card (legal permanent resident card) when ICE deported him. His attorney, the Teamsters Union, his elected officials and the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights are doing everything they can to expedite Eber’s application, bring him back from Guatemala, and reunite him with his family in the only country he calls home – the United States of America.

Together we can reach this goal!