Sheila Jackson Lee Trying to Bring Illegal Immigrant Back to U.S.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) / AP
March 3, 2017

Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) is working to bring an illegal immigrant back into the United States.

Lee is trying to bring back Jose Escobar, a 31-year-old who was deported to El Salvador after he was arrested by immigration agentsĀ on Feb. 22, according to KPRC Click2Houston.

Escobar was ordered to leave the United States back in 2006, but federal officials said that he fled and became a fugitive. He was arrested in 2011 and subsequently released in 2012 after seven months in federal custody.

He was given time to prepare for his deportation back to El Salvador, but instead obtained a work permit to stay in the U.S. Escobar checked in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials for five years before he was arrested and deported last month.

Escobar's wife, Rose, an American citizen, and two children remain in the United States. His wife asked the Trump administration to return her husband and stop its deportation plans in a press conference on Thursday .

Lee held a press conference on Friday afternoon with Escobar's supporters calling for him to be returned to the United States.

"This has to cease and desist," Lee said regarding the deportations.

Lee also said the United States is currently mass deporting illegal immigrants.