“We just need a miracle,” Silva told ABC News in December. “I’m depending and hoping for when Biden takes the presidency, he can help us out of this situation.”
But his miracle never manifested. Silva is set to be deported Tuesday, according to his lawyer.
“We thought there was going to be a change,” Jasmine Pena, Silva’s sister, told ABC News Monday. “I thought he was going to at least get a chance to finish arguing his case. It’s really disappointing, especially since he’s been here since he was so young. He knows nothing about the (Dominican) Republic at all. We really had high, high hopes. It is so sad.”
ABC News reached out to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the White House for comment. An ICE spokesperson said it was “unable to comment on removals until they have occurred,” and the White House has not yet responded.
Silva always believed he was safe from deportation.
While he was born in the Dominican Republic, he legally moved to the United States when he was 11, joining his father