PALM BEACH, Fla. -- - After years of battling to stay near his family, a popular restaurant manager on Palm Beach is preparing to be deported to Mexico.
Francisco Javier Gonzalez -- known by the community as Javier -- is saying farewell to the countless customers and friends he's made on the island, especially at Pizza Al Fresco where he has worked for nearly 10 years.
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In just a few weeks, he has been ordered to appear at a U.S. Immigration office in Miramar, where his attorney said he is likely to be taken into custody and deported.
The 36-year old moved to Palm Beach County from Mexico 20 years ago as a teenager to be near his brother, using what he thought was a valid visa.
When he returned to visit his parents in Mexico some years later, that is when he said he learned the visa wasn't valid.
"Unfortunately, yes, I made that mistake without even knowing. And I feel like I deserve a second chance," he told WPTV.