Charlotte Teen To Voluntarily Depart The Country This Week
A Charlotte high school student charged with embezzling money from a Harris Teeter grocery store where he used to work is scheduled to leave the United States this week. He’ll depart voluntarily to his native country of Mexico after entering a guilty plea last month.
Gus Zamudio’s lawyer Marty Rosenbluth says Zamudio’s plane ticket to Mexico has been purchased. In an email Rosenbluth said ICE refuses to say when exactly they will move him citing “security reasons.” He believes they will move him before this Thursday but it depends on their ability to book a flight.
A post on a Facebook page called “Keep Gus Home” managed by Zamudio’s friends says extended family members will be waiting for him when he lands in Mexico.
Zamudio had been living in Charlotte under the DACA program, which is for immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children. His arrest on a felony charge prompted immigration officials to initiate deportation proceedings to Mexico as part of a new Trump administration policy. The previous policy had been to wait until conviction. He was scheduled to graduate from Northwest School of the Arts this year.