Dem lawmaker meets with deported man in El Salvador

Dem lawmaker meets with deported man in El Salvador
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Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Next 24 hours critical for stalled funding talks Democrat vows to move forward with impeachment, dividing his party Citing Virginia race scandals, Dem vows vote to impeach Trump MORE (D-Texas) traveled to El Salvador over the weekend to meet with a man who was deported after what he thought was a routine check-in, according to The Associated Press.

Green met with Jose Escobar, Escobar's wife, Rose Escobar, and his two children, the AP reported.

The Texas Democrat told Escobar he was "doing everything we can to get you back with your family," the news service added.


“If not for his place of birth, we would call him an American citizen who is all of the right things,” Green told the AP.

“This is the kind of citizen that we would admire.”

Escobar was deported in March. He came to the U.S. in 2001 with temporary protected status, according to the AP.

He learned he was in the U.S. illegally in 2006, after finding out his family had not gotten the paperwork he needed to renew his visa, the AP reported.

Escobar went to a routine check-in last year, was detained and later deported, according to the news service.

Escobar is now reportedly living with relatives and works when a job is available as a laborer.

“All of your sacrifices that you make for so many years, you see them taken away from you,” he told the AP.

“After deportation, all of that is gone.”

Green has been a staunch critic of the Trump administration. Last year, he introduced articles of impeachment against the president. 

Earlier this year, the Trump administration announced it would end the protected status that allows 262,500 immigrants from El Salvador to stay in the country.