Fortuna City Hall Site of Latino Protest Against Immigration Agents Being Used by Local Law Enforcement
The arrest of two men as a result of those incidents and the presence of ICE agents at the arrests reportedly sparked a terrified response in the Hispanic community.
One man speaking through an interpreter said that the incidents caused children to stay home from school and parents to stay home from work. (See his short statement below.)
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release, that the ICE agents were only used as interpreters. The release said that during the
“…investigation, Special Agents were able to determine some of the involved parties did not speak English. As a result, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents were requested to assist with translating during interviews with those involved. No immigration action was taken at this time by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents.
However, the Latino community believed that ICE agents might be using the search warrants as an excuse to do “reconnaissance” and deportations might follow at a later time.
Renee Saucedo who was at the protest warned,
Usually, when ICE is involved in these kinds of local law enforcement operations, there’s an enforcement reason. And, ICE is typically doing reconnaissance…Doing things that may eventually lead to someone’s deportation…Local law enforcement, you gotta do your jobs, but don’t collaborate with local ICE agents, because it causes panic and terror among the community.
See more of the press conference and the Latino community’s concerns in the short videos below.