In New Paltz, people being detained by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sometimes doesn’t go unnoticed. Hundreds of people have written letters in support of Luis Martinez, or shown up to events in his support. Friends of Matthew Rojas rallied to hire an attorney to represent him. Thousands of dollars were raised for Joel Guerrero, the first resident known to have been detained regarding his status as a resident of the United States.
Word came Saturday that New Paltz resident Luis Martinez had been put on a deportation list days earlier, and that more public action might be all that stands between him and a plane trip to Mexico. Message received: roughly 150 friends and neighbors showed up yesterday afternoon at the Orange County Correctional Facility to make their voices heard.
An update on two pending immigration cases.
Luis Martinez, head of the New Paltz construction company Lalo Group, was detained by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this month, and has been confined in a Goshen ICE facility since that time.
In October, a New Paltz resident was detained by ICE on his way to court for a local offense. A New Paltz Town Board member is proposing a law that would prevent ICE from making arrests on town property without a judicial warrant.
New Paltz resident Matthew Rojas was picked up outside of the New Paltz Justice Court last week by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The incident has given a face to the ongoing debate about immigration reform, as friends raise money for Rojas’ defense and local officials consider how best to respond to tactics which have been characterized as both a challenge to the town’s sanctuary law and disrespect for the local justice system.
Juan Carlos Alonso Vasquez, the chef at The Anchor bar, is the latest in a series of high-profile immigration arrests that have sharpened debate around the issue amid President Donald Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants and those with criminal records.
On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Steve Noble issued a statement acknowledging the presence of a separated child at a “local federally funded youth residential care program.” According to local immigration activist Emma Kreyche, the only ORR-contracted facility in Kingston is the Children’s Home at 27 Grove St.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said yesterday that over 70 migrant kids are being held in New York State after being separated from their families, with one child being housed at a facility in Kingston. Congressman John Faso is supporting legislation that would address the issue along with other immigration-related provisions, including funding for a border wall and addressing the legal status of “Dreamers.”
A Saugerties business owner is facing deportation and separation from his wife and infant son after new hard-line immigration policies and a torturously slow bureaucracy left him in legal limbo.