US deports Mexican wife of American Marine veteran

ORLANDO, Florida, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. government deported a Mexican woman on Friday who had lived in the country illegally for nearly two decades despite efforts by lawmakers to keep her in Florida with her husband, a Marine Corps veteran, and her two American children.

Alejandra Juarez, 38, was joined by her family and her congressman, Darren Soto, at Orlando International Airport for tearful farewells before her flight back to Mexico.

Juarez sought to illegally enter the United States in 1998 and was ordered to be removed, precluding her future chances at getting a visa or becoming a citizen, according to Soto and media interviews Juarez has given.

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PERSONAL APPEARANCE WORKERS

Percent of immigrant workers: 63 
Percent of undocumented immigrant workers: 12 
Including manicurists and pedicurists, makeup artists, shampooers and skin care specialists, this industry has the highest share of immigrant workers. 

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PRIVATE HOUSEHOLD WORKERS

Percent of immigrant workers: 45 
Percent of undocumented immigrant workers: 22 
This category includes babysitters, domestic servants such as cooks and maids, as well as chauffeurs and gardeners. 

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BUILDING AND GROUNDS CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

Percent of immigrant workers: 34 
Percent of undocumented immigrant workers: 17 
Because these sorts of jobs cannot be exported, worker shortages are likely to be more pronounced, forcing costs higher for businesses, economists warn. 

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AGRICULTURAL WORKERS

Percent of immigrant workers: 33 
Agriculture is another industry to be hard hit. An estimated 50 percent to 70 percent of farm workers are undocumented. If farmers lost all access to undocumented workers, agricultural output could drop $30 billion to $60 billion and push food prices up 5 percent to 7 percent, according to a American Farm Bureau Federation study. 

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APPAREL MANUFACTURING

Percent of immigrant workers: 31 
Percent of undocumented immigrant workers: 20 
The apparel manufacturing industry relies heavily on unauthorized immigrants. The clothing in stores may be made in the USA, but not always by documented Americans. 

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CONSTRUCTION AND EXTRACTION

Percent of immigrant workers: 27 
Percent of undocumented immigrant workers: 15 
These workers include everything from brick masons and floor sanders to drywall and ceiling tile installers. Expect construction delays and higher costs on that home or office building.  

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COMPUTER AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCE

Percent of immigrant workers: 25 
Percent of undocumented immigrant workers: 5 
This highly skilled and highly compensated group of workers includes computer systems analysts, information security analysts, computer programmers, software developers, database administrators, and computer network architects, to name a few examples from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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LANDSCAPING

Percent of immigrant workers: 24 
A struggle to find workers is why landscaping companies turn to visa programs. A Denver area landscape business owner said he posts ads in newspapers, on Craigslist, and on street signs for positions paying $14 to $25 an hour with health care and benefits, hiring every person who shows up -- but is lucky if any report to work, according to the Times. Offering employees $100 referral bonuses also hasn't worked. 

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ENGINEERING

Percent of immigrant workers: 24 
An annual list issued by Manpower showed that engineering, which includes mechanical, electrical, and civil engineers, is one of the 10 hardest jobs to fill in this country, though every engineer working in manufacturing supports 20 other jobs, according to the federal government. When engineers are in short supply, companies often outsource production to countries where there's more plentiful talent. 

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RESTAURANT SUPPORT STAFF

Percent of immigrant workers: 22 
Percent of undocumented immigrant workers: 10 
The sous chef at the Yankee Rebel Tavern on Michigan's Mackinac Island told The New York Times he was coming inthree hours early each day to do tasks once done by visa workers. With cooks, dishwashers, and servers short, the restaurant's owner has been washing dishes herself. 

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PHYSICIANS

Percent of immigrant workers: 21 
Among our 164,000-plus foreign-trained doctors, more than 8,000 are from the seven nations targeted in President Donald Trump's first travel ban, Doctors for America says, citing Harvard data. Immigrant doctors are particularly essential to the rural health care system: Seeking visa guarantees from employers, they often choose to work in rural areas that highly trained U.S. citizens are leaving behind.

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HOTEL SUPPORT STAFF

Percent of immigrant workers: 21 
Innkeepers are particularly affected by the reduction of H-2B immigration visas, especially in places such as Maine where unemployment is low. Don't bother calling housekeeping, unless it's to join up

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TRANSPORTATION AND MATERIAL MOVING

Percent of immigrant workers: 19 
Percent of undocumented immigrant workers: 6 
This diverse industry includes everything from airline pilots to bus drivers, truck drivers, and locomotive engineers, but also crane and tower operators, parking lot attendants, and sailors and marine oilers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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She illegally re-entered the country in 2000, the same year she married Temo Juarez, a Mexico native who went on to serve in the war in Iraq with the U.S. Marines and is now a naturalized U.S. citizen.

After being discovered in the country during a 2013 traffic stop, she had been required to check in every six months with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

Her lawyers said to reporters she was only now being deported because of U.S. Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration.

ICE, which did not respond to questions on Friday, has said that Juarez's re-entry after her removal is considered a felony.

"Mr President, you deporting me is not going to hurt just me; you're making a veteran suffer," Alejandra Juarez said at the airport. "You always say you love veterans. If you really love veterans, why didn't you pardon me?"

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Alejandra Juarez embraces U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) as her daughters, Pamela, 16 (L), and Estela, 9 (not shown), bid farewell to their mother at the Orlando International Airport before she is deported to Mexico in keeping with U.S. President Donald Trump?s administration?s zero-tolerance stance on immigration, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette
Alejandra Juarez walks with her two daughters, Pamela, 16, and Estela, 9, and her husband, former U.S. Marine Temo Juarez, all U.S. citizens, to the departure gates at Orlando International Airport for her deportation flight to Mexico, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette
Estela Juarez, 9, hugs her mother Alejandra Juarez (R), who is deported to Mexico from the Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, U.S., August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette
Estela Juarez, 9, daughter of Alejandra Juarez, looks on as U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) speaks to reporters at the Orlando International Airport before the deportation of Alejandra Juarez, who has lived in Soto?s district for years, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette
Estela Juarez, 9, daughter of Alejandra Juarez, looks on as U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) speaks to reporters at the Orlando International Airport before the deportation of Alejandra Juarez, who has lived in Soto's district for years, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Her husband has told reporters that he voted for Trump in the 2016 election.

Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, was criticized by immigrant groups for deporting scores of non-citizen U.S. military veterans and for deporting immigrants whose only crime was re-entering the country after an earlier removal order.

Under new guidelines issued by the Obama administration in 2014, however, Juarez was considered a low priority for removal, her lawyers said.

Trump, a Republican, broadened ICE's focus within days of taking office in 2017, saying no immigrants should be considered exempt from law enforcement.

Soto, a Democratic congressman, has sponsored a so-called private bill that would grant Juarez a visa if passed, a last-ditch, frequently unsuccessful recourse for immigrants who have exhausted other avenues.

Juarez has said her youngest daughter, who is nine years old, will come to live with her in Mexico because her husband frequently travels for his work running a flooring business.

(Reporting by Joey Roulette in Orlando; Writing by Jonathan Allen, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)

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