ICE Arrests of Non-Criminal Farmworkers Sow Fear in Central Valley

Jesus Aceves, center, who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, prays at his brother's church, El Aposento Alto, in Wasco. Aceves was released on bond and is awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Jesus Aceves, center, who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, prays at his brother's church, El Aposento Alto, in Wasco. Aceves was released on bond and is awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Jesus Aceves was driving three of his fellow farmworkers to the tomato fields in the early-morning darkness when he saw lights flash behind him.

ICE agents pulled him over and asked for his license, registration and insurance and, most forebodingly, whether the men were in the United States legally.

Aceves and his passengers were taken to an immigrant detention facility. But none of them had been the target of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Three of the men had no criminal records. The most serious blots on the 44-year-old Aceves’ record were several convictions — the most recent in 2012 — for driving without a license.

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