Racine community leader, Ricardo Fierro, detained by ICE

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A longtime community leader and volunteer, Ricardo Fierro, was taken into custody by Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE).

According to the Racine Interfaith Coalition, Fierro was taken into custody on Tuesday, July 24 at his home in Racine.

According to a release from the Racine Interfaith Coalition, Fierro is best known in the Racine community as the former local director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In recent years, Fierro served on the City of Racine Mayoral Advisory Board, Immigration Task Force Chairman for the Racine Interfaith Coalition, the Racine Unified School District Middle School Transformation Committee and the RUSD Diversity and Equity Task Force. 

Family members working for Fierro’s release have received more than fifty letters of support.

“The outpouring of support for Ricardo demonstrates his value and importance to our community,” said Linda Boyle. “The possibility that we might lose this fine man to deportation has galvanized people from all walks of life and political beliefs. I have never seen anything like it before.”

A press conference will be held July 31 at Monument Square.

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