Lake County Latino community demands an end to ICE raids

(Lake County) - Hispanic workers, families and neighbors held a press conference, to call attention to what they feel is the continued harassment of Hispanics in Painesville by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Veronica Dahlberg of HOLA says early this morning, ICE agents in plain clothes and unmarked cars staked out the Perry Trailer Park, where 95% of the homes are Mexican American families.

Upon leaving the trailer park to go to work, Vicente Hernandez, a married father of three US citizen children, was arrested as he left for work. At least two other parents were taken as well.

Dahlberg says Vicente is the well-known singer for the popular mariachi band, Mariachi Santa Cecilia, which has performed throughout Northeast Ohio. Last year, they performed a birthday tribute for Cleveland Indians player Yonder Alonso.

“Cleveland ICE continues its arbitrary and discriminatory surveillance of our Mexican American neighborhoods, creating terror for families and children,” says Dahlberg. “This is not the way to do immigration policy. It is brutal and un-American. We need answers from Ohio’s elected representatives. How long will they allow this campaign of terror, which is based on anti-Hispanic sentiment, to continue? How many more children will be left without parents before they finally do something?”

Dahlberg says the Painesville-area's Latino community is demanding answers after continued surveillance of Mexican neighborhoods and Pre-Dawn Apprehensions by ICE. They want the regions congressional lawmakers to put a stop to this, and to fight for fair immigration reform.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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