INDIANTOWN, FL (WFLX) For more than 10 years Anibal Mazariegos has called Indiantown home.
Before that he lived in Guatemala and sought a better life, so he illegally crossed the border into the United States. Since then he's married and had four children.
Now, the family has been torn apart as Mazariegos fights deportation.
"I just miss him so much I wish he could come back," says 11-year-old Julie Mazariegos. His children, all under 18, were born in the U.S.
Tears are shed as they talk about memories made and those that may be lost. "We wanted him to be with us during graduation, when we get married," says his oldest daughter Jaquelin.
Yesterday was the twins 11th birthday. It was the first time dad was not there. "He hugs us and always says happy birthday and kisses on the cheek because he loves us so much," says Jeanette Mazariegos.
Maraziegos attorney's say their client was taken into custody after immigration officers were doing an immigration check on someone else who use to live at the home before him. When they spoke with him they found out he had been in their system in 1999 and received an extension. That extension had expired. And he was handcuffed and hauled off to jail.
"We are asking the government to follow the memorandum of prosecutorial they issued," says attorney Daniel Yibirin.
Maraziegos worked as a landscaper making $10 an hour. Neighbors have watched his children grow up and say they are hoping he comes home soon. "He's a very good guy, he's well respected and do what he gotta do and worked everyday," says Cleveland McKnight.
His oldest say kids of illegal immigrants suffer the most and hope someone intervenes soon, too save their families. "How would you like it if your families was taken away from you," says his son Jordi.