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Deadly I.C.E. Pursuit And Crash In Delano Raises Tough Questions

UFW Spokesman Says Couple Was Law Abiding, Hard Working

Tough Questions persist after the death of a couple who's vehicle reportedly crashed while being pursued by Immigrations And Customs Enforcement, or "I.C.E".  On Wednesday family members gathered at the site of Tuesday's fatal crash. Those family members say the couple had been in the United States for 15 years, and had 6 children ranging in age from 8 to18 years old. The family gathered at the site where 35-year old Santo Hilario Garcia and 33-year old Marcelina Garcia Profecto flipped their SUV.

UFW President Arturo Rodriguez says the couple was working to put food on the table.

"They're farm workers here in the area and they wanted to provide for their six children", said Rodriguez.  

He says the couple left their home Tuesday morning to search for work, and at some point were pulled over. According to Rodriguez  "When they learned they were ice agents, because of their legal status, they became very scared and as a result they took off and eventually had a crash here on Cecil avenue."  Rodriguez says the couple had not broken any laws in the last 15 years.

"As far as we know right now, Santos and Marcelina were law abiding folks. They just came here to work. They had not committed any crimes any major crimes other than the fact that they came here because they could not gain legal status in any other particular way", said Rodriguez.

 It's also unclear if ICE continued to pursue the couple after the initial stop.

"Who knows if this accident could've been prevented if these ice agents weren't so aggressive with this family." Delano Police are investigating the crash but haven't released additional details yet. So far I.C.E. has not commented on the incident.  It remains unclear what will happen to the couple's children.
 


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