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Immigration Law

Broken Promises...And a New Beginning

David C. Adams, Univision, Apr. 20, 2021

"More than two years after he was deported to Colombia, former Miami businessman, Félix Mauricio Zuñiga, has not given up home of returning to the country he calls home, and where he lived for 40 years.  Immigration agents raided his family medical goods business in Miami in late 2018 and took him into detention under President Donald Trump’s unforgiving ‘zero tolerance’ policy.  Despite being married to a U.S. citizen for more than 30 years and leading a model life, including being an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Zuñiga was told his visa would not be renewed. They cited a bank fraud he committed more than 20 years earlier, for which he served a brief prison sentence.  Despite his special circumstances, within weeks he was deported to Colombia, the country where he was born but had not been his home in almost 40 years. ... Due to his extensive government cooperation he says he was promised a special ‘S’ visa for informants that would allow him to recover US resident status.  But the promise was not fulfilled. ... Together with his wife and their three U.S.-born daughters, the Zuñiga family have come up with a novel idea to highlight their cause using the most famous local resource. Why not create their own Colombian coffee brand, with a twist of political irony: ' Deportado Coffee'."

[Note: if you buy coffee from www.deportadocoffee.com, a portion of the proceeds to RAICES and Families Belong Together.]