The Canadian Press
Daniel Garcia was supposed to spend Christmas with his girlfriend and her family, even staying overnight at their home so he wouldn’t be alone on the holidays.
Instead, the 18-year-old Toronto student has spent the past few days in an immigration detention centre after police arrested him Thursday night, according to his friends.
Garcia faces deportation to Mexico and could be sent away as soon as next week, they said.
“It makes me so sad because if he gets deported, I never will see him again,” his girlfriend, Martina K., told the Canadian Press on Saturday.
She asked not to be identified by her full name since her immigration status is also not certain.
Dozens of students, teachers and community workers set aside their own Christmas plans on Saturday to defend Garcia, described as an exemplary student and a caring friend.