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ICE agents take 18-year-old into custody in Raleigh

Posted February 12, 2016

— United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took an 18-year-old—Santos Geovany Padilla Guzman—into custody on Friday, the first reported case in Raleigh as ICE cracks down on women and children who recently crossed the United States-Mexico border illegally.

Guzman’s sister told WRAL News that she is afraid her brother may die if he is deported to El Salvador because he refused to join gangs in the country.

She said Guzman crossed the border illegally in 2014 and did not attend court hearings at immigration court, fearing deportation.

Since Guzman did not go to court, a judge signed an order for his removal, resulting in ICE taking him into custody on Friday.

On Thursday, ICE agents took David Guillen Acosta—a senior at Riverside High School—into custody, along with five other men.

{{a href=”story-1”}}Durham County Public Schools reached a resolution Thursday opposing the immigration raids.{{/a}}

Immigration officials are enforcing new orders after Homeland Security established new priorities in November.


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  • Janet Ghumri Feb 13, 2016
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    Maybe we should relocate them to India, that's where our jobs went

  • Roy Jones Feb 13, 2016
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    Now do the liberals see the burden illegals are doing to our country. His parent has never paid one dime in tax but he going to public school for free, the people he is staying with is getting social services from us, the tax payers without paying in. If the peoples county is so bad why not follow the right path to become citizens where they can enjoy the benefits of America like paying taxes, owing a home. I would say vote but they are voting now anyway so that dream has already happened. Keep up the good work ICE and deport the illegals in hope America can be great again one day.

  • Brenda Matthews Feb 13, 2016
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    Is there more to this person's story? Don't get me wrong, he should be deported based on what I am reading, but did he commit crimes, or is he a member of a gang? If not, why is he a priority over those who have?

  • Ray Rivera Feb 13, 2016
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    I dint get it, leave a "gang ravaged" country and come to Durham.

  • Jeffrey Derry Feb 13, 2016
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    Keep up the good work ICE ! Scroll the WRAL county jail photo roster too....got plenty more to go and deport

  • James Daniels Feb 13, 2016
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    add one more illegal to the staggering total of immigrants deported under Obama administration. Pres. Obama has presided over the largest number of deportations during any presidency. Hint: people would not come here illegally if there wasn't a job waiting for them by businesses who break the law. We can solve a major part of the illegal immigration problem by arresting the business owners who ignore the law, pay people in cash, have no workmen's comp or insurance so that they can undercut the prices of their competitors. But, businesses seldom get raided by ICE and even fewer are actually arrested if raided. Wonder why prominent businessmen don't get prosecuted?

  • Kevin Weidner Feb 13, 2016
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    So he came here Illegally, failed to show up for his immigration hearing, and folks are suppose to feel sorry for him? He's already demonstrated that he won't follow the rule of law and God knows, we've got enough legal residents that already fit that bill. Good riddance.

  • Jim Hinnant Feb 13, 2016
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    Surprised WRAL/Capitol didn't Photoshop a cap and gown onto him.

  • Shannon Speil Feb 13, 2016
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    He may very well be killed by a gang here in the states!

  • Shannon Speil Feb 13, 2016
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    If they are here illegally, then yes, they should be sent back. Why is this news?