HUDSON — Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton responded with strong words Thursday to the detention of three men by federal immigration agents after appearing in Hudson City Court on drunken driving charges.
The three men — Carlos Eduardo Romero, 35, Sortero F. Martinez, 41, and Audulio Gustavo Lopez-Garcia, 29 — were taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Wednesday morning, according to their attorney and Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore.
They were arrested between September 2016 and January in separate incidents for driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor, while Martinez was also charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, Moore said.
“After the actions ICE has taken over the past couple of weeks, it has become painfully clear that ICE, at President Trump’s direction, is disregarding the right to due process for undocumented individuals,” Hamilton said. “We are now seeing firsthand the negative impact these actions are having on our neighbors: a daily reality of ever-increasing distrust, panic and fear. This flies in the face of the core values upon which our country was built. I have asked the city attorney to explore ways we can, as a city, form a more protective circle around the members of our community who are most at risk.”
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