ICE in the era of Donald Trump: separating families at breakneck speed

Deportations / Donald Trump / Immigration / Inmigracion / Living in Trumplandia / March 14, 2017

Faces of Trump’s Mass Deportations

NEW: Des Moines Register: Andres Tadeo Alvarez- father taken on his way to work, no criminal record 

“He said that it’s very hard to be locked up in there and more difficult when he can hear his daughters crying and when they’re asking when he can come home,” Moreno said. Moreno…admits that she worries about her family’s future in her new home under a new administration that has taken a harder approach to illegal immigration. “I want to believe that something good will come of this. I don’t want to believe that things will get worse,” Moreno said. “I want to believe that we are going to be OK and that we won’t have to go back to a country that my children don’t know.”

Catalino Guerrero, right, hugs his granddaughter Elizabeth Perez, 7, inside Grace Episcopal Church were supporters of Guerrero gathered after his immigration hearing. (Associated Press)

Catalino Guerrero, right, hugs his granddaughter Elizabeth Perez, 7, inside Grace Episcopal Church were supporters of Guerrero gathered after his immigration hearing. (Associated Press)

Associated Press: Catalino Guerrero- father of four, grandfather of four, no criminal record  

Guerrero, who’s 59, came to the U.S. illegally from Mexico in 1991 and has worked consistently and paid taxes, owns his house and has no criminal record, Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez said. He applied for a work permit several years ago but filled out a form incorrectly and mistakenly applied for asylum, Menendez said… Attorney Cesar Estela, representing Guerrero, said Guerrero has diabetes and suffered a stroke several years ago. Estela said he will use the extension to file paperwork to seek to put Guerrero on a path to get a green card. “He is a very good man. He has no reason to go back,” said another granddaughter, 10-year-old Lizbeth Perez, fighting back tears. “He is not a criminal or anything. I feel really sad that they’re doing this to him because he didn’t do anything.”



NEW: KSL (Salt Lake City, UT): Ahmed Khamis Bwika and his wife, Emma Ondeko Bwika- Kenyan couple in Utah for a decade, Delta employees pulled aside at work to meet with Immigration Officials now face deportation

Ahmed Khamis Bwika and his wife, Emma Ondeko Bwika, were taken into immigration custody on March 1. “We need our friend to come back,” said Imam Yussuf Abdi said at a rally of support Friday afternoon for the Kenyan couple who are being held in the Cache County Jail. The couple’s son has told religious leaders that his parents, who have lived, worked and worshipped in Utah for more than a decade, will likely be deported to Kenya on Monday.  With time running out, Utah’s interfaith community turned out to support Utah’s Muslim community and to offer prayers for the couple’s release.


NEW: The Guardian: ‘There is no way to be safe’: Oregon city fears immigration raids after 11 detained

People are wary about leaving their homes or spending money. The streets of the small town, dubbed by some as “Little Mexico”, appear quieter. Business is slower. And those who rely on the immigration community for labor, many of whom are already facing a shortage, are concerned about the economic implications of the crackdown…“People kiss their children before they go to school because they might not see them again. Trump said he would go after criminals. He’s going after hardworking people in a [multi-] billion dollar [farming] industry in our state,” Ramirez said. “There’s a fabric in the community and it’s being unwoven.”

NEW: Penn Live: Father of two daughters, sole breadwinner,

He was in a car, on his way to work at a Harrisburg pizzeria Thursday when he was apprehended by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she (his wife) said. He was one of four undocumented immigrants that were apprehended during the same stop. She said her husband, who now sits in immigration detention in York County Prison, is the sole breadwinner for a family that includes two daughters, ages 8 and a year-and-a-half.  Like her husband, the woman, who is from Jalisco, Mexico, is undocumented. She has been in the U.S. nine years; her husband 10. He’s worked all those 10 years, most recently in a pizza shop. She said neither has ever committed a crime. Fearing she could also be detained, she asked that her name not be used.



Elias Rosenfeld, DREAMer, fearful of immigration crackdown. (CNN)

NEW: CNN: Elias Rosenfeld- 19 years old, Brandeis student, fears deportation following ICE tweets, no criminal record

Elias Rosenfeld, who emigrated from Venezuela to the United States as a boy in 2004, has faced a precarious future for most of his young life. A few years after their family arrived in Florida, his mother died of cancer. Elias and his sister moved in with their undocumented father. But the boy didn’t realize at the time that without his mother able to renew her visa, his legal status — which depended on hers — soon lapsed. It wasn’t until the ninth grade, when he applied for a learners’ permit to drive, that he learned he was undocumented. … Last week ICE published a series of messages on Twitter stating that DACA status was no guarantee against deportation. “It was very frightening, because it was a total reversal from what the Trump administration was saying about the DACA policy,” said Rosenfeld, who is now a student at Brandeis University outside Boston.

NEW: Ledger-Enquirer: Rev. Ivelisse Quinones- congregants are too afraid to drive to church

National accounts of increased raids and deportations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under President Donald Trump’s administration have ignited panic among some undocumented immigrants in Columbus. The Rev. Ivelisse Quiñones, director of Hispanic ministries at St. Luke United Methodist Church, said the angst is evident at church on Sunday mornings.  “Yes, people are very concerned,” said the associate pastor at St. Luke and lead pastor of the Hispanic ministry, which has about 50 congregants. “We are transporting many of our members because they’re afraid of driving. … And every Sunday, I make sure I’m abreast of the news that happens during the week. Before I start preaching, I give them 15 minutes of training, teaching and counseling, because there are a lot of worries here.”


22-year-old Daniela Vargas speaking out before her ICE arrest. (Fusion)


Fusion: Daniela Vargas- 22 year old, arrested after speaking at an immigration rally, no criminal record  (DANIELA WAS RELEASED ON FRIDAY MARCH 10)

Speaking with the New York Times following Vargas’ arrest, Peterson (Vargas’ lawyer) explained that her client had been a recipient of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals after entering the United States with her family at the age of seven. According to Peterson, Vargas was in the process of renewing her DACA status at the time of her arrest….She had spent the previous two weeks in hiding after her father and brother were detained by ICE agents in their Mississippi home, during which she barricaded herself in the closet. Peterson initially worried that because of the pending status of Vargas’ DACA applications, she might be at risk of immediate deportation out of the United States, without a court hearing. Friday’s announcement suggests that while Vargas is now out of ICE custody, her battle to remain in the U.S. is far from over.

NPR: School Administrator: ‘I Have Children Crying In The Classroom’

There are many tears these days, says the woman who initiated this event, the school’s parent coordinator, Christian Rodriguez. “I have children crying in the classroom, crying in my office,” she says. “When I ask them, ‘Why are you crying?’ They have expressed to me that they don’t want their moms to be apprehended and taken away from them. It’s something heavy on my heart.”

Slate: If Mom and Dad Are Deported

Even if a parent is arrested but released on grounds of being a sole caretaker, the interim period can be ruinous…“Even if they’re not deported right away, they need to appoint someone to pick up their kids from school,” Antúnez de Mayolo explained. “If they have a medical condition, they need someone to access medical records. If it’s a long-term issue, then they need to enable the person who is going to take over parental rights to, say, get a passport for the children, or be able to place them on a trip back home on a plane.” Asking that favor is a significant imposition. It can mean getting a relative in another state to be ready on a moment’s notice. For Karina Z., a hotel worker in Clinton, Iowa, and one of Antúnez de Mayolo’s clients, it meant working up the nerve to ask a friend with citizenship if she would assume power of attorney for Karina’s three U.S. citizen children, ages 4, 5, and 10.

Austin American-Statesman: District Attorney: Witness’ deportation fears stall domestic violence case

The Travis County district attorney’s office is grappling with how to move forward in at least one [felony domestic violence] case in which a victim has stopped cooperating with investigators out of fear that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement will deport her…“Our office has worked for a long time over many years to try to build up our credibility with the immigrant community,” said Mack Martinez, chief of the domestic violence division at the Travis County attorney’s office. “When someone is arrested in the courthouse, it makes it very difficult for these people to trust that they will be safe if they make an outcry of abuse.


Francisca Lino with her tearful daughter after learning she will be deported to Mexico. (CNN)



CNN: Francisca Lino – Mother of 6, first released, called back 30 minutes later and deported, no violent criminal record
Her (Francisca Lino’s) check-in Tuesday couldn’t have been more excruciating. It marked the first time the 50-year-old mother of six, who lives outside Chicago, had to report to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement since Donald Trump became President. At the federal building in Chicago, about an hour passed before Lino re-emerged through the glass doors. She clapped her hands together, then quickened her step and ran, arms outstretched in joy. “Thank God!” she yelled. “Thanks to all of you!!”… “They gave me a year until I have to come back,” Lino told CNN. “So we’re going to try to fight for my visa.” Relief reigned for five minutes. Then Lino’s lawyer came back. “They called,” Bergin said, “and they said the officer we talked to was filling in, and the main officer in charge of her case wants to talk to her about it, he’s got some information on her case. I don’t know what that means.”..The family disappeared back into the building. Less than a half-hour later, Lino was back. “There were changes,” she said. Immigration officers told Lino to return July 11, suitcases packed and plane ticket in hand. In other words, her deportation date is set.

Baltimore Sun: Segundo Paucar – married father of two, small business owner, no criminal record 

Segundo Paucar was a pillar of Highlandtown’s tight-knit, Ecuadorian-American community: a 31-year-old married father of two who employed eight people in a small business that rehabbed about 50 properties in the city each year. The next day, he was gone, picked up by federal agents on charges related to his allegedly entering the country illegally when he was 15. His sudden disappearance from his family and community … has sent shock waves through East Baltimore. …the whole family is worried particularly the children. “They’ve been asking ‘ Where is dad? When is dad going to come back?’ We’ve been trying to help them. There’s a fear and mistrust about what is happening.”

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Border Network for Human Rights Executive Director Fernando Garcia talks about the detention of Jesus Vasquez, 22, alongside photos of Vasquez.  (El Paso Times)


El Paso Times: Jesus Vasquez – father of U.S. citizen, no criminal record

State troopers pulled over Vazquez for having dark window tint on his vehicle in the Montana Vista area, where he had been raised since he was brought illegally from Mexico to the U.S. as a child…Family and friends say they consider Vasquez a good man, hard worker and a devoted father of a 4-year-old girl, a U.S. citizen. They said he planned to save up money to marry his girlfriend, also a U.S. citizen.

The Register-Herald: Two men in Beaver, West Virginia – Arrested at the restaurant where they worked

Two employees at El Mariachi in Beaver were detained by ICE last week, according to El Mariachi owner Jose Rizo. Rizo said one of the men has been in the United States for 20 years. At least one of the workers is married to an American woman and is the sole provider for his wife and two children, according to workers’ statements. American Civil Liberties Union-West Virginia attorneys reported Monday that the number of ICE raids of Hispanic-owned businesses in the state have increased dramatically over the past three weeks. “Until recently, I’d never heard of raids on any work place here in West Virginia,” said Jaime Crofts, ACLU attorney. “Over the last three to four weeks, I have heard of several raids being conducted at Mexican restaurants in the state.”… “A raid is only legal if ICE already has some sort of evidence that people who are here are undocumented, and they know who those people are,” she said.

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Think Progress: Joel Guerrero – Father to be, no violent criminal record 

Joel Guerrero, a 37-year-old green card holder from the Dominican Republic, has been going in for a routine check-in with the ICE agency in New York City every six months for the past seven years. But when Guerrero went in for a check-in on Tuesday morning with his wife Jessica, who is six months pregnant, he was detained and arrested. The reason that ICE detained him? He missed a court date on January 6, 2011 and has a misdemeanor charge for marijuana possession from a decade ago. Guerrero says the charge stemmed from having a marijuana plant when he lived in North Carolina…“How can you possibly do this to a family and tear a family apart?” she said. “The officer literally ripped me from my husband’s arms as I was saying goodbye to him.” An ICE spokesperson was unable to comment on Guerrero’s case at the time of publication.



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Yennifer Sanchez, 23, and Karla Fomperosa, 14, daughters of Juan Carlos Fomperosa Garcia(Arizona Republic)



Think Progress: Juan Carlos Fomperosa Garcia – Single father of 3, detained on his son’s birthday, no violent criminal record 

Juan Carlos Fomperosa Garcia, a 44-year-old construction worker from Mexico who lives in Arizona, went in for a routine check-in at the ICE office in Phoenix on Thursday morning…At a press conference held on Thursday, Fomperosa Garcia’s daughter explained through tears that he had gone into the agency’s office to check in, thinking he would be home by dinner to celebrate his son’s birthday that night. But the single father of three kids was never left the building.


Jose Escobar with his family (Houston Chronicle)



Houston Press: Jose Escobar – Father of two, drove neighborhood kids to school, no violent criminal record 

The call came in about 2:30 yesterday afternoon, and Jose Escobar asked his wife, Rose, if she was sitting down. “I’m in El Salvador,” he said. Rose was shocked. Just last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had taken Escobar, an undocumented immigrant, into custody at one of his regular annual check-ins. He never saw a judge.He is the father of two American children and the husband to a naturalized U.S. citizen. He worked 7 to 7 Monday through Friday as a supervisor at a company that repaints and repairs apartment units when tenants move out. He was the dad who drove all the neighborhood kids to school in the morning.



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Leonardo Valbuena and his wife tearfully packing up their home prior to their forced self-deportation (Akron Beacon Journal)


Akron Beacon Journal: Leonardo Valbuena – Father of two, forced to self-deport, no violent criminal record 

Immigration enforcement agents in Cleveland pulled Valbuena aside that Monday morning in late January. They told him he would be jailed then deported — maybe tomorrow, maybe next week. “I almost lose my balance,” he said in his video testimony in admittedly poor English. “I say, ‘Sir, I have my children in school. My daughter. My son. And my wife, she doesn’t drive’…Valbuena left with his family Tuesday minutes after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed a tracking monitor from his ankle at the Delta Airlines luggage counter in Cleveland.


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Clarissa Arredondo and granddaughter at Disney World (San Diego Union-Tribune)


San Diego Union Tribune: Clarissa Arredondo – Grandmother, ‘backbone’ of veteran’s family, no violent criminal record 

The grandmother of a Mira Mesa military veteran’s family was sent back to Mexico on Friday, more than two weeks after she was picked up by immigration agents outside her house in unmarked SUVs on Valentine’s Day. Clarissa Arredondo, 43, is an unauthorized immigrant, as is her daughter, Adriana Aparicio. Aparicio’s husband is a Navy veteran working as a contractor in Afghanistan. The couple has two daughters, 2 and 3, and Arredondo helped take care of them…Aparicio, 27, said officials told her family that her mom was an enforcement priority. “They consider my mom as a criminal for lying on paperwork to get welfare,” Aparicio said, adding that officials said that happened more than a decade ago.


rosalina guzmanRosalina Guzman holds a photo of her and her husband, Roman, from their wedding day. (OPB)


Oregon Public Broadcasting: Roman Zaragoza-Sanchez – Father of 5 American citizens, lived in the United States for 16 years, no criminal record

It (the arrest) happened so quickly he left his Honda on the shoulder of Highway 26, with the lights on. Rosalina didn’t have the keys and doesn’t know how to drive. In shock, she asked a neighbor to help her hire a tow truck to retrieve it. “They are reporting in the news that they are going to get only people who are criminals, but it is not the truth because my husband is not that person,” Rosalina said. “And they took him.”


garcia de rayosGuadalupe García de Rayos sits locked in a van that was stopped in the street by protesters outside the Ice facility in Phoenix on Wednesday.(The Guardian)


The Guardian:  Guadalupe García de Rayos- entered the U.S. at age 14, mother of two U.S. Citizens, no violent criminal record 

Guadalupe García de Rayos, a 36-year-old mother of two US citizens, was a non-violent felon who had for years complied with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) orders after being convicted of using a fake social security number to work. But on Wednesday, when she went for her usual check-in, Ice agents took her into custody instead, separating her from her husband and children, who were waiting outside. Jacqueline García de Rayos, 14, described having to pack her mother’s luggage so she could send it to Mexico. “I don’t think it’s fair that she was taken away from us,” Jacqueline said. “Her only crime was to work here so she could support us. “She is a very kind person,” Jacqueline said. “She treats everyone like family. She hasn’t done anything to harm anyone.”

NBC 2 Washington: Oscar Ramirez – Arrested after leaving a church hypothermia shelter, no criminal record 

Oscar Ramirez said he had just left the hypothermia shelter at Rising Hope Mission Church on Russell Road in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, Virginia, when about a dozen ICE agents surround him and other Latino men. “‘Stop right there. Stop right there. Stop right there. Stay by the wall, where we can see your hands,'” the agents said, according to Ramirez. Ramirez said the agents questioned all of them and scanned their fingers to find out if they had criminal backgrounds. Agents quickly cleared Ramirez, who has a green card, he said…”This is the first time I see something like that,” Ramirez said. “It surprised me. I mean, I think it surprised a lot of people who seen it actually happen,” said Marvin Roach, a guest at the church shelter. “They were clearly targeting the church because they knew that they stayed here in the hypothermia shelter. So they were waiting for them to cross the street and then jump on them,” said Rising Hope Mission Church Rev. Keary Kincannon.

AP: Everyone in an apartment but a woman with a baby in her arms

In Virginia, agents who went to an apartment on Thursday looking for a wanted man picked up everyone else in the apartment too, except for one woman with a baby in her arms, said Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, legal director for Legal Aid Justice Center’s immigrant advocacy program in northern Virginia.

NBC San Diego: Southern California man – No criminal record

In one instance, agents knocked on one door looking for a man and ended up arresting another who is in the country illegally but has no criminal record — something Angelica Salas, the executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, said would not likely have happened previously.

NBC Los Angeles: LA man – Arrested during search for a different person, no criminal record   

A Van Nuys bride to be is demanding answers after she says immigration agents barged into her home and took her fiancé. The agency says they were going after someone else, yet he remained in custody Thursday night. Rocy Rios says she regrets opening the door one week ago when immigration agents entered the 24-unit apartment complex she manages. “The police came to knock the door,” she said. “And my grandson told me, ‘grandma the police is in front of the door.'” Immigration officials admit the agents were targeting someone else that morning. But as it turned out, Rios’ fiancé is undocumented, with what ICE says is an outstanding removal order from 2011 – that he overstayed. She said he had no criminal record, no ticket and had never been arrested. Agents walked him out of the building and took him into custody. Looking back at the surveillance video makes Rios relive that scary morning.

KENS San Antonio: 30 Austin residents – Some arrested at school

The Mexican Consulate in Austin confirmed to KVUE Friday evening that 30 Mexican immigrants in Austin were detained on Friday, which is six times as many as are detained on an average Friday. 14 were detained Thursday. Consul General Carlos Gonzales Gutierrez said that all of those detained were males. He said that many were picked up in their cars and that while some were taken into custody at schools, the agents were likely in the process of following them. To his knowledge, agents are not sitting outside schools waiting to detain people.

Washington Post: Father – Taken from his home, no violent criminal record 

In Chicago, a student called her high school teacher to tell him that ICE had raided her home the night before, arresting her father, an undocumented immigrant whose criminal record included only traffic violations, the teacher said.


vizguerraJeanette Vizguerra poses with her family. (CNN)


CNN: Jeanette Vizguerra – Mother, grandmother, no violent criminal record 

Vizguerra lives in Denver with her husband and three youngest kids — Luna, 12, Roberto, 10, and Zury, 6. They were all born in the United States. Her eldest, Tania, also lives in Denver and has children of her own. She described Vizguerra as the “backbone” of the family. Vizguerra came to the United States from Mexico in 1997 with her husband and Tania, who was 6 at the time. Tania said she lives in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which lets undocumented people brought to the country as kids attend school and work. Vizguerra, who counts housekeeper, janitor and house painter among the jobs she’s held, spent the next 3 1/2 years fighting and appealing various orders to deport her from the United States. As she pressed her own case, she also took on the mantle of immigrants’ rights activist, fighting for other families hoping to cement their own tenuous roots in the United States.

AP: Manuel Mosqueda – 50-year-old painter from California

He was not the target of the raid but happened to cross its path, was arrested and jailed

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Pilar Marrero
Pilar Marrero is a journalist and author with long experience in covering social and political issues of the Latino community in the United States. She is one of the foremost experts on immigration politics in the US media world and has covered the issue extensively over her years as a reporter. In 2012, Pallgrave McMillan published her first book, Killing the American Dream, which chronicles the last 25 years of immigration policy mishaps in the United States and their consequences for the country´s economic future. The book was also published in Spanish by Penguin Books with the title “El Despertar del Sueño Americano”. She also has taught journalism at UCLA Extension and Cal State Northridge and recently covered the 2016 Presidential campaign for Impremedia, a company with media outlets in 15 markets across the US, including the flagship La Opinion Newspaper in Los Angeles. Other newspapers in the company include El Diario in New York, La Raza in Chicago and Rumbo in Houston, Texas. She is now working on documenting and writing about the impact of President Donald Trump’s policies on the immigrant community. She is fluent in Spanish and English and she’s studying the Greek language.

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