Stay of deportation of community activist Ricardo Fierro sought today


A stay of deportation is expected to be filed today in federal court by attorneys for Ricardo Fierro, a well-known community activist. Fierro, 39, from Racine, was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents last week. He is undocumented and originally from Mexico, according to a report on the Hispanic News Network.

A member of the Racine Interfaith Coalition, Fierro served as chairman of its Immigration Task Force, as well as Citizen Action of Wisconsin (Acción Ciudadana de WI) and as former Racine Regional Director for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin.

In recent years, he served on the City of Racine’s Mayoral Advisory Board and has also served on the Racine Unified School District’s Diversity and Equity Task Force.

“There are few people more dedicated to the Racine community than Ricardo Fierro,” said Linda Boyle, co-president of the Racine Interfaith Coalition. “As a father of seven children of U.S. citizenship, and a responsible son and brother, Ricardo’s detention has presented an unimaginable hardship to his family and loved ones.”

According to the Hispanic News Network report, Fierro lived with his fiancé before his arrest and has five U.S. born children of his own ages, 17, 14, 9, 5 and a 4-month-old; his fiancé has two children ages 16 and 17.

Fierro is being held at the Dodge County jail while being processed for deportation.

The Racine Interfaith Coalition will hold a press conference Tuesday, 11:00 a.m., at Monument Square in downtown Racine. A community prayer vigil will be held Wednesday, also at Monument Square, starting at 6 p.m.

“The outpouring of support for Ricardo demonstrates his value and importance to our community,” said Boyle. “The possibility we might lose this fine man to deportation has galvanized people from all walks of life and political beliefs. I have never seen anything like it before.”

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  1. If he was such good man, why after being here all these years you cannot become a legal citizen!!!!!! There is NO excuse. Send him back. Maybe the others will learn a good lesson.

  2. This is the story I just posted. Ricardo was detained on a deportation order issued over 20 years ago that had never been executed until now. I also pointed out in the following story that this was his second deportation. The first deportation happened when he was 16-years-old.

    That information was not made available until today. I did call officials with ICE, but there is no direct media line and I had to submit an email to the press office which had not be acknowledge yet.

  3. No, they didn’t. According to WISN, ICE claims he was already deported once and crossed illegally a second time (which is a felony). I wonder if it was simply driving without a license that got him deported the first time.

  4. If you’re here illegally there is virtually no way achieve legal status (it seems Mr. Fierro is a bit too old to have been DACA eligible). He would’ve had to return to Mexico and apply there and wait years.

  5. I’m going to dig into this further through federal records, but at the state level all I am seeing is two traffic tickets for not having a license. But that’s what I know for right now.

  6. A good question would be to ask him if he’s been voting? Another question is to ask him why he didn’t take legal steps to citizenship? Another question is to inquire why he was arrested?

  7. The whole truth would be nice, not just the parts flattering to Mr. Fierro. Did ICE just arrest him out of the blue on Wednesday? Or did he lose his case in immigration court years ago, a final order of deportation was issued, and he didn’t leave when supposed to? (this is the cause of virtually all ICE arrests) And usually under-the-radar illegals don’t end up in immigration court unless they’re arrested for something else.

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