Illegal immigrant custodian arrested
May 14, 2009
BERKELEY, CA — Over 100 students and employees from the University of California at Berkeley rallied earlier this week in protest to the arrest of an undocumented immigrant worker last month, according to the Berkeley Daily Planet.
According to the story, the crowd urged the university administration to turn Berkeley into a sanctuary campus.
Jesus Gutierrez, a custodian at the university was arrested on April 29 on the charge of felony identification theft because he used someone else''s Social Security number to prove residency to work, the story stated.
University of California Police Department (UCPD), who contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after arresting Gutierrez, allegedly had denied Gutierrez’s request to have his union representative or a lawyer present after he was arrested, the story noted.
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) organizer Maricruz Manzanarez said: "They failed to notify the union that a federal agency wanted to investigate Gutierrez. Every time a federal agency wants to interrogate or interview an employee, they have to notify us either by phone or by letter. In this case, our member was arrested and nobody knew about it."
Protesters marched down the streets handing out flyers and urging supporters and sympathizers to show up and support Gutierrez at his May 21 hearing in Oakland, the story added.
According to the Pew Hispanic Center, 17 percent of all JanSan employees (an estimated 680,000 workers) are illegal immigrants.
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