On Monday, CBS13 reported that two undocumented workers were arrested on May 3 after taking a construction job at a U.S. Air Force Base in California.
Hugo Mejia and Rodrigo Nunez, who have both been deported before, are now facing deportation again after Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers caught them as they went through security to the job site at David Grant Medical Center located at Travis Air Force Base.
“I am a good guy,” Mejia said during an interview with CBS13 during which he spoke mostly Spanish.
Mejia added that he left Mexico and came to America for a better life for more opportunity “just like anybody else.”
CBS13 reported that Mejia “gave security his legal California issued driver’s license number and his car registration, but left his social security number blank because he doesn’t have one. He filled out his taxpayer identification number in its place.”
On Monday, KPIX 5 reported that activists held a rally in support of the two men at risk of being deported. Mejia is currently being held at the Rio Cosumnes Corrections Center in Elk Grove.
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) reportedly called the arrest “inhumane.”
“To be just rounded up and processed for immediate deportation simply because he showed up at work at a federal facility and somebody ran a database query that he was undocumented?” Huffman said. “This is the kind of inhumane, summary deportation that even President [Donald] Trump has said we weren’t going to see.”