The uncle of six children, whose parents were killed in a crash on Cecil Avenue while attempting to flee Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, was deported, according to officials.
Celestino Hilario-Garcia, an uncle to the six orphaned kids, was picked up by ICE agents Wednesday at his apartment in Delano, according to both UFW and ICE.
Hilario-Garcia was an “illegally present citizen and national of Mexico,” with three criminal convictions for driving under the influence, according to ICE. Hilario-Garcia was granted a voluntary return to Mexico on seven occasions between 2002 and 2009, ICE said. An immigration judge issued him a final order of removal in April 2009, and ICE removed him to Mexico twice, once in April 2009 and again in May 2009.
“Still grieving the tragic deaths of their farm worker parents while fleeing ICE deportation agents on March 13 outside Delano, the six children of Santos Hilario Garcia and Marcelina Garcia Porfecto were dealt a new blow when ICE agents deliberately picked up their closest remaining family member, their uncle Celestino Hilario Garcia, at the Delano apartment building where both families live,” said Diana Tellefson Torres, UFW Executive Director in a statement. “ICE agents specifically targeted Celestino, also a farm worker who has now been deported to Mexico, leaving behind a wife and four young children.”