Walworth County (WISN) - A father of four, and owner of a small Lake Geneva business, went to the county courthouse late last month to pay for a traffic ticket. He never walked out on his own accord.
Instead, Eduardo Gualajara Castro remained in a Louisiana detention center on Tuesday, awaiting deportation.
"I thought something was wrong because I haven’t seen him for a couple of weeks," said Ron Amann, a local business owner who rents out storage units to Castro. "I think this is the wrong way to go about it. I mean, he’s a stand-up guy just trying to make a life for himself and his kids."
Castro, who has lived in the area for more than 17 years, and is in the process of applying for a Visa, was detained April 25 at the courthouse in Elkhorn by agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a statement from immigrants' rights organization Voces de la Frontera said.
"ICE is seeking to deprive our children of their father," his wife, Adriana Robles, said in the release. "They are depriving him of the chance to be with his children. My husband is a hard worker, who has provided jobs for others while tryng to do better for himself and his family."
Voces said Castro received a ticket for DUI more than 12 years ago. He paid the fine, attended classes and didn't have any other problems with law enforcement aside from his recent ticket for driving without a license.
An online petition created on Catro's behalf pleads with ICE Louisiana field office director David Rivera to release him.