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Delano Police Report Contradicts ICE Agents’ Claims


The Delano Police Department released their official report on the March 13, 2018 car crash that killed Hilario García and Marcelina García Porfecto.

It is deeply distressing that ICE agents’ statements said they were not in pursuit of the Hilario García couple, using emergency lights are contradicted by surveillance video showing two ICE SUVs traveling behind the couple’s vehicle with emergency lights activated, according to the Delano Police Department report on the tragedy.

Why did ICE agents choose to pursue the couple after scrutiny of the fatal accident showed ICE representatives admitting the couple was not originally an ICE target?

The report appears to support the conclusion that the family’s SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed while desperately trying to evade ICE agents when they lost control, hit a utility pole and the vehicle overturned on its roof.

Why did the two ICE agents choose to misrepresent whether they were in pursuit of the couple? Why did ICE agents choose to pursue the couple after scrutiny of the fatal accident showed ICE representatives admitting the couple was not originally an ICE target?

Santos Hilario García and Marcelina García Porfecto—and their six orphaned children—are casualties of the Trump administration’s targeting of hardworking immigrant farm workers who toil and sacrifice to feed all of us.

By Diana Tellefson Torres

Diana Tellefson Torres is the Executive Director for the United Farm Workers Foundation and UFW National Vice-President.