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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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