RICHMOND (CBS SF) — A group of activists and faith leaders will gather Saturday in Richmond to protest the planned deportation of Oswaldo Martinez by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The protest is led by Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) and will kick-off at 11 a.m. at the West County Detention Facility.READ MORE: Home Alone: Helping Pandemic Pets Cope When Their Owners Return To Work
Oswaldo, a 41-year-old Napa resident, has lived in the United States since he was a teenager but was detained by ICE ten months ago and has been fighting to remain in the country ever since, according to CIVIC leadership.
His ailing wife and 10-year-old daughter have struggled emotionally and financially since ICE detained him over misdemeanor crimes he committed in 2002, according to CIVIC.READ MORE: Neighbors Creating Holiday Magic On Candy Cane Lane In Pleasanton Since 1953
CIVIC did not provide information about Oswaldo’s crimes.
“People like Oswaldo who made minor mistakes long ago… are now paying such a terrible price due to our unjust and impractical immigration laws,” said CIVIC executive director Christina Mansfield.MORE NEWS: As Oakland Lawmakers Prepare To Vote To Increase Police Staffing New Report Questions Need
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