ICE detains undocumented Davenport woman

She was held in Cedar Rapids for an hour before being released

DAVENPORT, Iowa - The last 24 hours have been a rollercoaster for Adolfo Nava. 

Wednesday night Davenport police charged his wife Maria Hernandez Calderon with shoplifting. 

"I was at work, working," Nava said. "She called me an emergency call and she told me she was at the store. I came down, I can't even talk. Sorry." 

Today agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained the mom of six. That prompted a rally in front of the Scott County Court House. 

"She could have been released on bail like they had planned to do that. So all of this was unnecessary," said Maria Bribriesco, a spokesperson for the League of United Latin American Citizens. "An injustice to one of us is an injustice to all of us."

Quad Cities religious groups are rallying around Calderon. They say the Scott County Sheriff's Office shouldn't cooperate with ICE. That means not reporting an undocumented person to the federal group if they are arrested.  

"These are hard working people raising children in our community and so we need to embrace them and we need people to come out and support this," said Quad Cities Interfaith spokesperson Rev. Jay Wolin.

Calderon is home now, but her future is uncertain. Her husband says their family shouldn't have to go through this, especially so close to Christmas. 

"It's not going to be a good one," he said. "I hope it works and I hope she can stay here because it's nothing. I mean they want to take her for nothing."



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