I will start this off by saying that I like how we have police in their roles of keeping the peace, arresting people guilty of violent crime or vandalism, and serving our communities, but when they spend more time arresting people for something as ridiculous as racist immigration laws then there is a problem. Sergio was arrested by police for driving without a license and having no I.D. to prove who he was. He was then further mistreated by the police who didn’t allow him to speak or ask for anything. According to the report what they did tell him repeatedly was that I.C.E. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) were coming to take him away.
If he had a criminal record or was wanted in connection with a crime or act of violence than it would make sense for his detainment, but not being treated so inhumanely. However his only offense is not showing up for a court hearing about his immigration status because he didn’t receive a notice in the mail about it. As if that wasn’t enough the reason he didn’t receive the notice is because he was living with his aunt, but she died and he was forced to move out along with his 5 year old son. He continues to stay in prison and is now facing deportation without his son who is a U.S. citizen.
At this point in time it is clear that Sergio is not a criminal and as far as we know has not done anything purposely wrong. We shouldn’t be treating people like this, we shouldn’t be tearing families apart, and we should stand up for those who are treated unjustly. This is ridiculous! If you are as disappointed in our justice system as I am you can do something to help and sign the petition on Action. http://action.altoarizona.com/c/1509/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16859