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A Family Was Stopped By ICE On The Way To School. ‘I Always Thought Fresno Was A Safe Place.’

Fifteen-year-old Sandra Hernandez can’t get this one Tuesday morning out of her head. “All I was thinking at that time was ‘I wanted my dad back,’” she said. “I wanted him to get in the car and for us to go to school like any other day.” Her father, Hugo Hernandez, was pulled over by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in central-east Fresno on Nov. 5. It was about 7:30 a.m. and he was taking Sandra and her 16-year-old brother Eduardo to school. Eduardo said it was just like any other day. “I told my dad to take me to school early because I needed to turn in work that day, and it was just like having a conversation in the car, a normal conversation,” he said. “Next thing you know, the situation just happened out of nowhere.” They were pulled over. Eduardo was in the passenger seat, and he said he didn’t know they were immigration officers until he saw “ICE” printed on their black uniforms. Sandra was in the back seat of the car recording the encounter on her cell phone. In the

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