He came to this country legally in 1982 and has lived here ever since. Gordon joined the National Guard in 1994, began active duty in the U.S. Army in 1996, and was honorably discharged in 1999.
(Foolishly, Gordon thought his U.S. military service meant he had also achieved U.S. citizenship. It didn't.)
In 2008, Connecticut cops arrested Gordon after they found cocaine in the house where he was living with relatives. He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell, spent one day in jail and successfully completed his sentence of three years probation.
According to the Massachusetts chapter of the ACLU, Gordon had "turned his life around." At the time of his arrest, he was involved in renovating a property in a depressed urban area to create a home for single mothers who were getting out of prison.
On June 20, 2013, Gordon said goodbye to his wife Kim and their son Dillon, climbed in his truck and headed to work. That was when he was pulled over and arrested by ICE agents. They took him to Massachusetts, leaving his truck on the side of the road.
"I got a call from him," Wierzchowski remembers. "He said, 'I think they got the wrong man, I keep telling them they got the wrong man… It's crazy!' "
The ACLU got involved, filing suit on behalf of Gordon and about 50 other people who were also arrested by the feds on old felony charges and held without the opportunity to make bond.
ICE is using a "mandatory detention" program for such people, allegedly on the grounds that they are dangerous.
"But for years, ICE has misapplied mandatory detention to individuals like Mr. Gordon who have been living in the community for years since their release without incident," lawyers for the ACLU said in court documents.
In August, a deportation order was issued for Gordon. That is now under appeal.
A hearing was held in federal court in Springfield last week on Gordon's plea to be allowed to post bond and get back to his family while his appeal is considered.
Adriana Lafaille, an attorney with the Massachusetts ACLU, says the judge in the case indicated he "might try to rule early" on Gordon's request to be allowed to post bond.
It can't possibly come too soon for Wierzchowski.
She's been meeting with state officials (who advised her to start the long process of seeking a state pardon for Gordon), looking to talk with Connecticut's U.S. senators, and starting online petitions to drum up support for Gordon's case.
"I make good money as a nurse," Wierzchowski says, "but we had two incomes… and it's getting hard to pay the bills now."
There's also those nightly questions from Dillon about when his daddy's going to come home. His mom doesn't have any good answers.
"It's just been a nightmare," she says.