By Diana Tellefson Torres
Still grieving the tragic deaths of their farm worker parents while fleeing ICE deportation agents on March 13th outside Delano, the six children of Santos Hilario García and Marcelina García Porfecto were dealt a new blow when ICE agents on May 30th deliberately picked up their closest remaining family member, their uncle Celestino Hilario García, at the Delano, CA apartment building where both families live.
ICE agents specifically targeted Celestino, also a farm worker who has now been deported to México, leaving behind a wife and four young children.
Can ICE be more callous in visiting even greater anguish upon this family that has already suffered so much?
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?
Diana Tellefson Torres is an UFW National Executive Board Member and the United Farm Workers Foundation’s Executive Director.