Local immigration rights activist forced to leave the U.S.

Hampshire County

Western Massachusetts Immigrant Rights Activist Eduardo Samaniego was forced to leave the U.S. Friday morning.

Eduardo Samaniego, a well-known immigrant rights activist and community leader, was detained by ICE in Georgia for 106 days. Those who knew Eduardo were saddened to learn of his departure.

Originally from Mexico, Eduardo moved to the states at age 16. He graduated valedictorian of his high school class and went on to attend Hampshire College on a full scholarship.

While visiting family and friends in Georgia last October, Eduardo was detained by police, turned over to ICE, and ultimately forced to agree to leave.

Congressman Jim McGovern told 22News, Eduardo was an asset to this country.

“Eduardo was somebody who made a difference in our community and I think most people will see that our taxpayer dollars ought to be going after undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes rather than somebody who is a valued member of our community,” said McGovern. 

McGovern said he tried calling ICE personally to have Eduardo transferred to Massachusetts, but he was denied.

McGovern told 22News this is not the end of Eduardo’s story. Eduardo will continue to explore his options for appeal and permanent relief outside of detention while in Mexico.

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