Monday, July 31, 2017
From the San Jose Mercury News:
For the second time in two months, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have picked up two undocumented immigrant construction workers who were on their way to work in the morning and are holding them for deportation, leaving their wives and American-born children in limbo and their communities shaken.
In May, Hugo Mejia of San Rafael and Rodrigo Nuñez from Hayward — both undocumented immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico who have been in the United States for more than a decade — were detained on the Travis Air Force base in Fairfield after a military official discovered they did not have valid social security numbers during a routine identification screening and reported them to ICE.
Then early Thursday, ICE agents arrived at the Rainbow Apartments on Harris Road in Hayward allegedly looking to detain an undocumented immigrant who lives at the complex. Instead, they arrested two neighbors, according to the men’s families.
Antonio Valenzuela, 34, and Jose Salgado, 42, both undocumented immigrants with American-born children, were leaving the area at about 6 a.m. for work when they were trailed by ICE agents and stopped separately a short distance from the complex, according to their wives. Like Mejia and Nuñez, both men have lived in the U.S. for more than a decade.