DREAMer Stranded in Mexico After Confusion at Presidio Port of Entry

DREAMer Stranded in Mexico After Confusion at Presidio Port of Entry

"A  mistake that left a deferred action beneficiary unable to re-enter the United States for weeks is being cited by immigration attorneys both as an example of confusion over certain laws and as a warning to those with a sensitive immigration status.  On Aug. 12, Josue Alberto Rodriguez, 24, who received legal permission six months ago to remain in the U.S. through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, was driving to the West Texas border town of Presidio to pick up his sister and her family.  When he realized he was approaching a port of entry into Mexico, Rodriguez — who is not allowed to travel outside the U.S. — tried to turn around.  “I saw the checkpoint and there was a [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] officer signaling for me to go to the left,” he said. “That takes you to a parking lot. There is no way to turn around unless you are on the Mexican side.”  Construction at the bridge was ongoing, and detours narrowed southbound traffic to one lane.  CBP agents directed Rodriguez to take that lane, which ended in a parking lot on the Mexican side.  Rodriguez was subsequently forced to stay in Mexico until Thursday." - Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune, Sept. 13, 2013.