- Rey Gallion became the first Filipino to be deported from the U.S. since Trump became the President
- He said that he was forced to choose between getting detained or getting sent back to Zamboanga
- According to the Pilipino Workers Center, arrested immigrants are usually intimidated and forced to sign their voluntary deportation order
The first Filipino who has been deported from the U.S. under the administration of President Donald Trump has broken his silence about his experience.
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Rey Gallion was arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Southern California after living for seven years as an undocumented immigrant in the US, KAMI learned from a video report of ABS-CBN News’ “Dateline.”
The arrest took place at his apartment after he dropped off his 9-year-old child at school.
His wife and one of their children were able to sneak out a back door during the commotion.
After he was arrested, he was asked whether he wanted to be detained or be sent back to the Philippines. Rey chose the latter.
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According to the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), the ICE usually intimidates the arrested immigrants and forces them to sign their voluntary deportation order.
A week later, Rey’s family also went home to Zamboanga.
Some netizens felt bad for Rey and his family but others said that they deserve what they got since they were undocumented immigrants.
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