Celeste Edenloff / Forum News Service
EVANSVILLE, Minn. — Julio Estrada Escobar, a farm worker in Evansville who fled — illegally — from Guatemala to the United States, will remain in custody while federal officials determine his immigration status. After a review of his case Saturday, Oct. 21, Escobar's wife, Nancy, was informed Monday morning, Oct. 23, that he will remain in jail until his next court appearance. The family's attorney had argued that Julio Escobar is a hard-working father and was not a flight risk and should be released while his immigration case is pending.
EVANSVILLE, Minn. — Julio Estrada Escobar was born and raised in Guatemala. But in 2001, at the age of 18, he fled to the United States — illegally — to find work. He needed money to pay for the loans his family took out when his mother fell deathly ill and medical bills were beginning to pile up. Julio left behind his parents, three younger siblings and many more close family members. Today, Julio sits in the Carver County Jail in Chaska waiting to find out if he is being deported back to Guatemala.
EVANSVILLE, Minn. — Nancy Estrada was on the phone talking to her husband, Julio Estrada Escobar, when he told her, "I just got pulled over. This is it." Julio and Nancy have lived in Evansville since 2013. But Julio doesn't have a Minnesota driver's license and is not a U.S. citizen. Today, Julio sits in the Carver County Jail in Chaska waiting to find out if he is being deported back to his home country of Guatemala.