FRESNO — On Saturday, the children of Hugo Hernandez, an undocumented Fresno resident who was arrested during a traffic stop and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, will lead community members in a march to raise public awareness about ICE continuing to terrorize and traumatize immigrant families.
ICE officers pulled Hernandez over on Nov. 5, while he was taking his daughter Sandra and son Eduardo to school. Fifteen-year-old Sandra video recorded the encounter on her cell phone. The immigration enforcement officers refused to tell Hernandez why he was stopped and ignored his request to remain silent, violating his constitutional rights. They threatened to tase Hernandez if he didn’t exit his vehicle and to call Child Protective Services to take his children if they didn’t contact their mother to come get them.
Hernandez was released Thursday to his family after posting bond. His immigration case will continue under the threat of deportation.
Faith in the Valley, a grassroots community organization, and other community members will join the Hernandez children and some of their fellow students in the rally to bring attention to ICE’s continuing illegal practice of misleading immigrants into thinking they are the police during traffic stops and denying them their constitutional rights.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul Catholic Newman Center
1572 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno, CA