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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.

Sarah Delia is a Senior Producer for Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Sarah joined the WFAE news team in 2014. An Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, Sarah has lived and told stories from Maine, New York, Indiana, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. Sarah received her B.A. in English and Art history from James Madison University, where she began her broadcast career at college radio station WXJM. Sarah has interned and worked at NPR in Washington DC, interned and freelanced for WNYC, and attended the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary Studies.