Bakersfield College students are rallying behind one of their own after a student was arrested by immigration agents early Tuesday morning.
Students from the college rallied in front of the federal building on Truxtun Avenue, calling for the release of 21-year-old Jose Bello.
He is described as an outstanding student at B.C.
According to his family, Bello and his older brother were stopped by ICE agents on Monterey Street while they were on their way to work. Both were arrested for being in the country without proper documents and now face deportation.
On Wednesday, ICE spokesperson Richard Rocha provided 17 News a statement on the Bellos case. Rocha said Jose and Oscar Bello are members of a street gang and have prior convictions for violent offenses.
Rocha also said both brothers had returned to Mexico, but illegally re-entered the U.S. and are now in custody at the Mesa Verde Detention Facility.
Read ICE’s full statement:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on May 22, 2018, apprehended Jose and Oscar Bello-Reyes during a targeted enforcement operation in Bakersfield, Calif. ICE confirmed both brothers are members of a local street gang. In addition to being in the county illegally, both brothers have criminal convictions for violent offenses harming others. ICE previously encountered both men, and they were granted voluntarily departure to Mexico. At some point after returning to Mexico, they illegally re-entered the U.S. Both individuals are in ICE custody at the Mesa Verde Detention Facility, and their immigration proceedings are ongoing.