A Ridgeland immigrant facing deportation will have a U.S. congressman on his side today when the two appear before Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities to argue that ICE should drop the case.
Known for his staunch support of immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., will accompany 27-year-old Gabino Sanchez to his first appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Sanchez was arrested by the Ridgeland Police Department after a traffic violation on Nov. 2 and was later placed on an ICE “hold,” meaning that ICE is deciding whether he must leave the country because he is not documented.
Gutierrez will argue that Sanchez, who was brought to the United States as a teenager and who has two U.S.-born children, is not a high priority for deportation based on an ICE policy in June that states the agency should direct its resources toward deporting criminals.
Sanchez, who does not have criminal record and is the sole provider for young children who are citizens, does construction and landscaping work. He fits the bill for undocumented immigrants who should be spared by the new policy, Gutierrez spokesman Douglas Rivlin said. (more…)
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