FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ICE CONTINUES TO SEPARATE FAMILIES
WITHOUT CRIMINAL RECORD
[HOUSTON, TX]on Friday February 9, 2018 at 11:00am at FIEL Headquarters (6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036) Marcela Rivera (wife of man in ICE detention) Community memebers and FIEL Representatives will gather to highlight the practices that immigration is using to detain undocumented people without criminal record.
Mr Carlos Gudiel (29 years old) was detained on February 19 at 6:20am. His wife Marcela Rivera was preparing breakfast just like any other morning routine for her husband to go to work.
Mr. Carlos left his apartment at 6:20 to load his tools into his truck. At around 6:40am he caleld his wife lettign her know that immigration had detained him in the parking lot of their apartment. Mr Carlos asked the immigration office for the opportunity for someone to gcome get his tools from his truck. It was then when his son Erick , age 14, was able to go down and find his father detained by ICE. "Immigration got me Erick" said Mr Carlos. Erick recounts to his mother that immigration was in a gray Ford Truck and that he was only able to grab his wallet from his father.
It seemed to be the perfect day everyone was ready to start on their day go to school and work but due to their fathers detention all activity seized for the day. During the day Erick comments that "it saddens and angers him" that they arrested his father.
The youngest child in the family got sick immediately after his father’s detention and did not eat or sleep for three days following the incident.
Carlos and Marcela have know each other for 10 years, have been married for 5 years and have 5 children together.
Briana 5 months
"As in other cases whats striking in this case is that ICE was not looking for Carlos rather he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. We hope that his attorney may be able to work in his case so that Mr Gudiel may continue to be in the U.S. and continue to provide for his family. " – Cesar Espinosa Executive Director FIEL
FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,
access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.