The Times Picayune
"Metairie immigration arrest leaves Jefferson Parish woman 'to pray alone'"
April 8, 2017
by Wilborn P. Nobles III
Before Metairie resident Heriberto Hernandez Perez ended his night March 6 with a family dinner and prayer before bedtime, the father of three spent his day roofing and playing baseball with his youngest child Eric after he picked him up from J.D. Meisler Middle School.
Martha Perez said her husband would always bring 12-year-old Eric to school at 7 a.m., but she said Heriberto Perez woke up early the next morning, March 7, to drive his son to school. The father, 44, and his son were five blocks away from the school when authorities suddenly stopped their vehicle at the intersection of Marion Street and Neyrey Drive around 6 a.m.
She said a car pulled Perez over, and then one car stopped behind them while another stopped in front of them.
"They surrounded the car and they took his cellphone, and then my husband was arrested and they put him into one of their vans. Meanwhile my son was left alone in our family car," she said.
Trump's crackdown has local law enforcement facing a slew of challenges to navigate federal immigration law and stay within the bounds of the U.S. Constitution.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Perez, an undocumented immigrant, and dropped his son off at the family's home. ICE left the boy at the edge of the driveway, and didn't even knock on the door to notify Martha Perez, she said. A "really scared" Eric told his mother his dad had been arrested, she recalled Friday in the office of the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice
"He said 'Mommy, mommy, they took my daddy,' and we were totally shocked by this news," she said.