FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Jorge Oliva was one of thousands to participate in protests in Downtown Fort Wayne.
Days after the Unity March with Fort Wayne city leaders, Oliva was arrested on charges of obstructing traffic and resisting arrest.
Jorge Luis Oliva
“Nobody deserves to be taken away from their family just because of one mistake,” said Hector Oliva, Jorge’s younger brother.
Oliva is now in a Wisconsin detention center with no way of contacting his family back in Fort Wayne, who said at any point he could be summoned to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Headquarters in Chicago and face immediate removal from the United States.
“We cannot keep separating families because it causes a lot of emotional distress, trauma, and mental health issues,” said Paula Avila, Hispanic Leadership Coalition of Northeast Indiana President.
Avila and other Latino leaders in the Fort Wayne community feel Allen County Sheriff David Gladiuex broke a promise that ICE detainers would not be in Allen County.
“I want you to think about that, think about your own children and how you would like them to be treated,” Avila said. “At this point, I want the sheriff to keep his promise that he promised people of the Latino community before his reelection.”
Oliva’s family is asking for the community’s help in seeking justice. They are asking people to sign a petition and to make calls to urge Chicago ICE Field Director Robert Guardian to release Jorge to his family.
“I’m the youngest out of the whole family, so I need that big role model,” Hector Oliva said. “I really want my brother free. He has two kids, and he needs to be out for them.”