Local family rallies against deportation of loved one

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The family of an illegal immigrant rallied outside of the Knox County Detention Facility Monday afternoon to fight against his deportation.

Juan Andres-Jimenez remains at the jail since his arrest on Thursday. He was charged with driving under the influence, speeding, for not having a license, registration or insurance.

The family told Local 8 News Jimenez moved to the United States from Guatemala about 26 years ago.

His daughter Gabriela Andres, 18, described Jimenez as a hard worker, a man who goes to work every day. She called him her 'role model.'

"He taught me not to give up no matter what happens in life," she said.

Andres told Local 8 News her father had been deported once before after a similar situation. She said he was nearly killed when he went back to Guatemala.

"He's a very important part of this family economically, socially and emotionally," said family friend Kate Benson. "It would be devastating for this family if he were to be taken away."

Jimenez is expected to be in court February 28.

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