Juan Carlos Mastache says it’s been almost three months since he was last able to speak with his kids. He quickly went from being a single dad, raising his three children, to having contact with them limited to short, international phone calls.
“I don’t know if they live together or not, if they stay with a good family. I don’t have any idea,” Mastache says.
He was raising them in Longview, Texas, where he had been working as a welder until 2016, he says. That’s when his immigration and criminal record caught up with him.
Mastache was arrested, detained and deported back to his home country of Mexico where he had to restart his life in Mexico City. He’s been selling tacos, earning around $75 a week. Now, he’s trying to get his home prepared for his three children, who are in the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.