Hudson immigrant not detained; husband waits in Rensselaer County jail
Mar 03, 2017 12:04 am
Emily Masters and Robert Gavin report in The Albany Times-Union that Maria de Jesus Canterero Mercado from Hudson was not detained by immigration officials in Albany March 1. Her husband, Ramiro Martinez-Chacon was arrested by federal immigration officers Feb. 7 in his driveway as his 12-year-old and 6-year-old sons watched. The family is from El Salvador. Martinez-Chacon, now in the Rensselaer County jail, faces criminal prosecution for re-entry after deportation, a federal felony punishable by up to 20 years. Twenty-five protesters from the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement and the Capital Region group New Sanctuary for Immigrants protested outside March 1 as Mercado checked in with immigration authorities in Albany, fearful that she would also be deported. The mother of two holds monthly meetings with immigration officials to verify her whereabouts and activity. "If she was deported, what would happen to the children?" the Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo said Wednesday after Mercado's latest check-in. She was not arrested, and, for now, will continue to check in with immigration officials each month. Read the full story in The Albany Times-Union.