When two illegal aliens found themselves assigned to a construction job at David Grant Medical Center, they didn’t realize that the work meant they’d have to submit to security protocol at Travis Air Force Base. The next thing they knew, they were being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and will be deported back to Mexico.
More troubling than their presence at the Air Force base is that they’ve been previously deported.
Awaiting deportation at the corrections center in Elk Grove, California, Hugo Mejia told a reporter, “I am a good guy.” Mejia added that just like everybody else, he came to this country looking for a job, and his only crime is coming here illegally, twice. He said he illegally crossed the U.S. border because his own country doesn’t give him an opportunity for a future.
Mejia and co-worker Rodrigo Nunez were both arrested at Travis Air Force Base. Mejia was able to get past security with his legal California-issued driver’s license number and his car registration, but since he doesn’t have a social security card, he provided his taxpayer identification number in its place.
According to an ICE statement, the two repeat offenders were arrested by “a fugitive operations team after they were notified of two foreign nationals attempting to gain entry into the military base.”
Along with a group of people in Mejia’s hometown of San Rafael, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-California) is calling the arrest excessive. “This is the kind of inhumane deportation that even President Trump has said we weren’t going to see,” said Huffman.
Community members held a rally on Monday calling for a hearing for the two illegal aliens. However, under federal law, a judge does not have to hear their case before they are removed from the country.
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