Undocumented Man Claims ICE Detained Him After He Spoke To the Media
Six months after U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) detained Gladys Diaz, her boyfriend, Baltazar “Rosas” Aburto Gutierrez, was detained as well. Aburto Gutierrez, a 34-year-old undocumented immigrant told The Seattle Times that it was not a coincidence.
In June, Gladys Diaz was detained by ICE after authorities claimed to answer an ad for her homemade piñata business. Aburto Gutierrez alleges that Diaz, thinking she was meeting a prospective customer, was actually set up by ICE. The Chinook Observer — a local online publication — interviewed Aburto Gutierrez about his girlfriend’s detainment. The publication didn’t quote him by name, but rather his nickname “Rosas,” which is the name that ICE referred to him months later.
According to Aburto Gutierrez, he was going to a grocery store when he was detained by ICE. An agent allegedly said to him: “You are Rosas…You are the one from the newspaper.”
When reached for comment, ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley told The Seattle Times that they “don’t retaliate” when undocumented immigrants speak to the media. Haley also implied that Aburto Gutierrez was not detained earlier because he had to take care of their children. Haley added, “This does not mean an alien is exempt from future immigration enforcement.”