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ICE deliberately picked up uncle of six orphan children, another blow to them two months after parents were killed fleeing ICE

Celestino Hilario Garcia is closest family member to the six orphaned children of Santos Hilario Garcia and Marcelina Garcia Porfecto


UFW National Executive Board Member and United Farm Workers Foundation Executive Director Diana Tellefson Torres issued the following statement after ICE agents apprehended Celestino Hilario Garcia Wednesday at his apartment in Delano:


Still grieving the tragic deaths of their farm worker parents while fleeing ICE deportation agents on March 13 outside Delano, the six children of Santos Hilario Garcia and Marcelina Garcia Porfecto were dealt a new blow when ICE agents deliberately picked up their closest remaining family member, their uncle Celestino Hilario Garcia, at the Delano apartment building where both families live. ICE agents specifically targeted Celestino, also a farm worker who has now been deported to Mexico, leaving behind a wife and four young children.


ICE already contributed to the deaths of the parents of these six children who are now orphans. Can ICE be more callous in visiting even greater anguish upon this family that has already suffered so much? How much crueler can Donald Trump’s immigration policies become? How many more casualties can be produced by the Trump administration’s targeting of hardworking immigrant farm workers who sacrifice to feed all Americans?