ICE Out of RVA would like to see no collaboration between the Richmond sheriff and immigration enforcement, says Lopez — no visits by or interviews by agents.
“And we don’t want people to be transferred from the jail to custody of ICE,” she says.
“The only thing I was thinking in that moment is, ‘They’re not going to let me go now.
I’m not going to see my children.’” Martinez says she has no criminal record, although Chesterfield County records show unpaid tickets from 2014 for driving without a license and operating a vehicle with improperly adjusted brakes.
Mayor Levar Stoney has called Richmond a welcoming city for immigrants and came close to declaring it a sanctuary city.
Woody is elected by Richmond voters and not beholden to mayoral directives.
Martinez can’t work at her restaurant job, where she earned about 0 a week, because that’s where her accuser works, too.
Lopez says the charge feels “ridiculous and heavy,” given that the fight was over and the participants removed from one another.
Martinez pays a neighbor to watch her children, who are 2, 6 and 10, while she reports to the various agencies.
Dustin King with ICE Out of RVA also questions the discretion of the police officer who originally arrested her on aggravated assault, an offense normally committed with a weapon.
A judge signed a release order for Delmy Moran Martinez’s at a.m.
on April 3, but Martinez says she was held until that evening, when an immigration officer interviewed her at the jail.