Representative Moira Walsh spoke at a rally organized by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), in conjunction with RI Jobs with Justice, outside the Federal Building at 380 Westminster Street in Providence to call for the immediate release of Hugo Mejia, Rodrigo Nuñez and all other immigrants being detained by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under President Donald Trump‘s new immigration priorities.
Hugo Mejia has been a member of IUPAT Local 83 for over a decade. He has no record and his wife and children are citizens of the United States. Mejia and fellow worker Rodrigo Nunez (UBC Local 68) were turned over to ICE agents when they arrived to work at a construction project at a hospital located inside of Travis Air Force base in California. Since their detention both men have been held without due process.
“When I start my day, every day, it does not occur to me that my son could have his mother ripped away from him,” said Walsh (Democrat, District 3, Providence). “That’s my privilege. I’m sorry we’re not doing a better job. I’m sorry that we’re not making it as easy as is physically possible to become a citizen of this great country. I’m sorry that there are brothers and sisters of mine who are afraid to go to work to provide for their families.”
Justin Kelley a business manager with IUPAT, provides a bullhorn primer on the issue.
Michael Araujo, with Rhode Island Jobs With Justice:
To call ICE, try (844) 526-8492
ICE Field Director David Jennings can be reached at: (415) 844-5503
Here are the case numbers:
Hugo Meija (A#079-163-283) and Rodrigo Nuñez (A#079-220-673)