Advocates, family fight to stop Brentwood man’s deportation
Members of the Brentwood community are urging the federal authorities to release a man they say was unjustly arrested by immigration agents.
David Rodriguez was one of hundreds of immigrants in the country illegally who were detained in a series of nationwide raids in February. The raids marked the first large-scale enforcement of President Donald Trump's order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
Mayra Garcia, Rodriguez's wife, says Immigration Customs Enforcement officers took her husband from their Brentwood home as he was getting their three children ready for school.
Officials said the raids targeted known criminals but also netted some immigrants without criminal records. Rodriguez's family says he was convicted of DUI in 2015 but paid a fine and served his term of probation. They say he's not a threat to public safety.
Immigration advocates say they won't give up until Rodriguez is released.
"Community service was done and they get detained by an ICE officer that entered the back of the house and arrested him in front of his children," says Laura Lemus, of Long Island WINS. "It's not justice, it's not fair and this is not making a community safer."
"It's devastating," says Victoria Daza, of Long Island Jobs with Justice. "I don't think it's making Long Island safer. It's actually polarizing Long Island a lot more than it has in the past."
Rodriguez is due in court April 12. The advocates say they'll be there to fight his deportation.