Piedmont man faces deportation, family worried

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Congress continues to debate immigration reform in Washington, but for a family in the Piedmont Triad, change can’t come soon enough.

Oscar Canales is facing deportation and if he is sent back to El Salvador he will leave his wife and two young daughters behind.

"It's like a nightmare,” said Noemi Florian. “You know one day you’ll wake up without your husband."

Florian said she wants her husband back home with her and her two daughters. Florian fought back tears when she talked about him possibly being sent back to his home country.

"What's going to happen to the kids,” she said. "Like the law said, they are going to deport him."

Oscar Canales got into a car accident in Greensboro last month. He was arrested for driving without a license and turned over to immigration.

He is currently at a detention center in Atlanta, waiting to find out if he will be deported.

Family members said Canales does not have a criminal record and has been in the U.S. for almost 10 years.

The North Carolina Dream Team helps fight deportation cases like the one Canales is facing.

The group has gathered with Canales’ friends and family to call for his release. They said they believe he's a low priority case for immigration.

Group members said the U.S. is known for freedom and opportunities and that is the reason Canales came to the country.

Florian said both she and her husband came to this country illegally. But she said they have worked here for around 10 years and are raising children who were both born here.

She said she believes Canales should be allowed to stay.

"We come here for a better life,” she said.

The family said they could have to wait up to six months for the courts to decide their future.

The North Carolina Dream Team has started an online petition for the release of Canales and the family has hired an attorney to fight his deportation.

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