Chamillionaire, Rapper/Hero, Wants to Help a Dad Deported to Mexico After 30 Years in the U.S.

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It’s hard to think of a more legal-yet-psychically criminal job than immigration officer, the folks responsible for deporting generations of American citizens because of the current fascist regime we live in, but hey, that’s reality. On Monday, the Detroit Free Press published a piece about a Lincoln Park, Michigan, father’s deportation—39-year-old Jorge Garcia, a landscaper, was sent to Mexico after 30 years in the U.S, a country he hasn’t called home since he was 10. The article included video of Garcia bidding farewell to his wife and two teenage children as two immigration officers look on; it’s fucking heartbreaking. Naturally, the story reverberated around the ‘net and on social media, somehow landing into the welcoming arms of ‘90s rapper Chamillionaire (you know him from “Ridin’” a 2005 banger—known colloquially as “Ridin’ Dirty.”)

Cham emailed Niraj Warikoo, author of the post, and, well, you have to see it for yourself:


It’s sweet that he reached out to the author, privately, asking to help. For some reason, that level of relative anonymity (as opposed to showboating on Twitter, or whatever) makes it feel like the rapper will actually do something to assist the Garcia family? Or at least try? I don’t know man. I’m optimistic.

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Maria Sherman

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