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Hilaria Martinez wept as she spoke, in Spanish, of the ICE detainment of her husband Juan Martinez. How one of their daughters has anxiety attacks. How the family spent the holidays alone. How she doesn’t know how to explain why their father isn’t with them.
Behind her dozens gathered for a vigil Wednesday night demanding Immigration and Customs Enforcement release Martinez, denouncing their presence in Albuquerque and pushes by the Trump administration to enforce federal immigration laws in local communities.
“We will not sit idly by while our families, co-workers, neighbors, classmates and fellow parishioners are targeted and our families are separated,” Fabiola Bawden, community organizer with El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos, said. “Today we say, ‘Enough is enough.’ ”