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  • Deportation of Sofia Vergara's brother latest in long line of family tragedies

    Meaghan Murphy | 

    (Joshua Jordan/O Magazine)

    Emmy award-winning “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara may be all smiles on television, but in real life, the Colombian-born star has endured more than her share of heartbreak.

    The bombshell suffered from her parents’ divorce in 1993, went through her own divorce at age 20 soon after giving birth to her son, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000 (she is currently in remission), had her father die of a brain aneurysm, saw one brother gunned down, and now has seen another brother, Julio, deported back to Colombia.

    “ICE placed Mr. Vergara in removal proceedings on April 26,” read a statement from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson. “An immigration judge determined that he was no longer eligible to remain in the US because his criminal convictions are considered felonies under U.S. immigration law and ordered him removed to his home country of Colombia.”

    Star magazine reported that Julio Vergara had been arrested nearly 30 times on various charges, including drinking in public, assault and battery, petty larceny, pot possession–and felony arrests for grand theft and cocaine possession.

    Julio Vergara was deported on May 9.

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