Latino leaders rally support for fight against ICE arrests

Posted April 20, 2018 6:57 p.m. EDT
Updated April 20, 2018 7:06 p.m. EDT

Local leaders and Latino groups came together Friday to denounce the recent ICE arrests of about 40 people around the state.

El Centro Hispano held a news conference in Carrboro, asking for verbal and financial support from community members.

They say they've secured legal representation for 12 affected families whose loved ones are now fighting deportation.

U.S. Rep. David Price and other local politicians expressed their support for those impacted.

"Chapel Hill, as a government, as a community, is horribly distressed by what's going on," said Councilman Michael Parker.

"It's impacting people who are integral parts of our community. These are us. What's been happening is just abhorrent."

ICE says it prioritizes arresting those who pose threats to public safety, but, if agents encounter other undocumented immigrants, they cannot turn a blind eye.

Latino advocates take great issue with that latter part, saying it's needlessly tearing apart families.