Maryland soccer star, brother deported ahead of move to NC

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 4, 2017

Two brothers from the D.C. area were deported to El Salvador Wednesday, the same day the youngest sibling was scheduled to check in to college.

The Carlos brothers excelled in school with the elder, Diego, working tirelessly, taking extra courses in order to graduate from Quince Orchard High School on time.

Lizandro Claros Saravia, 19, is a standout soccer player who had secured a scholarship to play college soccer in North Carolina. Diego was set to go with him and work to help his brother pay for the rest of his college expenses.

Two brothers living in Gaithersburg, Maryland-19-year-old Lizandro Claros Saravia and 22-year-old Diego Saravia-were deported to El Salvador on Wednesday after one of them notified local Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents during a routing check-in that he'd gotten into college, the Washington Post reports.

They were deported five days later.

"Lizandro was supposed to check into college today, instead he has just arrived in El Salvador without family, friends, a place he hasn't known for a decade and what do they expect their future to be now", said Claros-Saravia's soccer coach.

During a recent routine check-in with ICE, the two were detained at the Howard County Detention Center and the deportation process started. Neither brother has a criminal record.

The two had been granted a stay of removal back in 2013, but were denied when applying for extensions. "They are not allowing people to stay".

The brothers didn't qualify for President Barack Obama's 2012 deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program, which limited eligibility to individuals who entered before June 15, 2007, and who were born on or after June 16, 1981. They've battled deportation since, but have also thrived. Under expanded DACA, individuals would have qualifed if they have lived in the US since January 1, 2010 regardless of their current age. But White House officials last month indicated it was unlikely Trump would support it, The Washington Post reported.

Since 2016, Bourke said, ICE deportation officers in Baltimore instructed the Claros brothers to purchase tickets for their departure.

While many of Donald Trump's campaign promises have been stymied by Congress or the courts, the Trump administration has been quietly following through on one of them - cracking down on undocumented immigration.

"Together we want to send a very strong message to this administration".

The family of Lizandro and Diego Claros is at a loss for words.

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