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Families of those arrested in the ICE raids last month are speaking out

A vigil was held Wednesday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville for the people arrested during the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids last month. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A vigil was held Wednesday for the people arrested during the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids last month.

ICE arrested 40 illegal immigrants throughout North Carolina, including 16 here in the mountains.

The families of those arrested spoke at the vigil, which was held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville.

Sonia Martinez Miranda said her partner, Enrique Perez Ruiz, was mistakenly arrested for a DUI.

“It’s affected us very much,” Miranda said through a translator. "It's especially affected my children. They constantly ask about him, and we feel this emptiness in our home.”

Nanci Gaona Salgado said her husband, Mateo Perez Perez, was detained for having bad a license plate.

“We are very worried about him,” Salgado said through a translator. “We want him to come back to us.”

Saida Roblero said her 20-year-old son, Luis Roblero, was arrested for a DUI.

“It's been very difficult,” Saida Roblero said through a translator. “He's my son, and I need him with me.”

When the arrests were made, News 13 received this statement from ICE:

"ICE only conducts targeted arrests and focuses its limited resources first and foremost on those who pose the greatest threat to public safety. Any suggestions as to ICE engaging in random or indiscriminate enforcement are categorically false."

The women News 13 spoke with Wednesday said their goal is to be reunited with their family members.

"It’s very hard,” Miranda said. “I'd love for him to come back."

The families who spoke at the vigil are specifically calling on Rep. Mark Meadows to help them.

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