New Haven students support classmate scheduled to appear at ICE hearing in Boston

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Students and staff members from Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven are spending the day in Boston.

They’re there to show support for a classmate who currently in the custody of immigration officials.

An early morning bus trip to Boston with everyone on board going to support an 18-year-old from New Haven.

“I think that this strikes home. This is as real as it can get,” said Jesus Moralez Sanchez, New Haven.

Related: Rally held in support of New Haven teen detained by ICE

Mario Aguilar is currently being held at a detention facility in Massachusetts. He’s been there since September.

“Mario has been sitting in immigration detention when he should be sitting in school,” said Vanesa Suarez, New Haven.

Classmates and teachers from Wilbur Cross High School are making the trip north to take part in a rally. Aguilar’s attorneys is also expected to present his asylum case Thursday in front of immigration judges.

“I really hope he knows that we’re supporting him the best that we can. We’ve been sending him work, letters, fundraising,” said Mary Perez-Estrada, teacher.

Aguilar came into the U.S. illegally back in 2016, fleeing violence in Guatamala. He was involved in a car crash back in August and charged with driving under the influence.

When he showed up for court, that’s when he was taken into custody. Under U.S. law, a foreign national can be deported for committing a crime. But some of those traveling to Boston feel differently.

“This country cannot call anyone illegal when it’s been stolen land you know and that’s how we feel and we feel everyone has a right to migration,” said Suarez.

Supporters say they’re in this for the long haul.

“We’re not going to go down without a fight. We’re going to keep fighting to make sure he stays home where he belongs,” said Sanchez.

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