Letters to the Editor
On Wednesday, April 18th, Eduardo Gualajara Castro went to pay a ticket for driving without a license at the Walworth County Courthouse in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
He never made it home.
ICE agents arrested this father of four and small business owner from Lake Geneva. Please take 1 minute to send an email to ICE Field Office Director David Rivera and urge him to release Eduardo. Scroll to the bottom to sign.
Eduardo has lived in the United States since 1998, and in Lake Geneva for 17 years. He runs a small business, Edward’s Pallets, where he employs three people making wooden pallets for factories. He and his wife are regulars at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lake Geneva. Eduardo is a loving father of four, and his children have been badly traumatized by his arrest. His oldest son has struggled with depression and had to miss school. Eduardo’s family may soon have to move because they are not able to afford their rent.
ICE has very quickly moved Eduardo thousands of miles from his family to a detention center in Louisiana, indicating that they plan to deport him very quickly. Around the country, ICE has arrested thousands of community members like Eduardo who have come forward to seek protection, pay tickets, and access the justice system.
Protests led ICE to halt courthouse arrests under the Obama Administration, but Trump has brought back ICE back into the courts with a vengeance.
Mary Jo Fesenmaier, Lake Geneva resident and former alderperson