BELOVED RACINE COMMUNITY LEADER,
DETAINED BY ICE
“Church and community leaders rally to support Fierro and family, and pray for his release.”
RACINE, WI JULY 30, 2018 - Longtime community leader and volunteer, Ricardo Fierro, was taken into custody by Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at his home in Racine, Wisconsin.
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.
Fierro was elected president of local council 347 of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and enthusiastically participated in a host of volunteer activities too numerous to mention.
“There are few people more dedicated to the Racine community than Ricardo Fierro,” said Linda Boyle, co-president of the Racine Interfaith Coalition, which represents 27 local churches. “As the father of seven children of U.S. citizenship, and a responsible son and brother, Ricardo’s detention has presented an unimaginable hardship to his family and loved ones.”
Boyle continued, “law enforcement serves our community best when it protects us all from dangerous criminals and drug dealers - not detaining upstanding people who make our community a better place to live.”
Family members working for Fierro’s release have received more than fifty letters of support which include United States Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Racine Mayor Cory Mason, Former Racine Mayor John Dickert, Racine Unified School District Superintendent Eric Gallien, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave, Wisconsin State Representatives Greta Neubauer, Peter Barca and JoCasta Zamarippa, WISDOM State Executive Director David Liners, along with religious leaders and clergy from across the state.
“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
The Racine Interfaith Coalition will hold a press conference on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Monument Square in downtown Racine, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Community leaders, clergy and Mr. Fierro’s children will participate.
A community prayer vigil/rally will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Monument Square in downtown Racine, beginning at 6 p.m. All are welcome to come and show support for Ricardo Fierro and his family.
Please contact Linda Boyle for further information