By Steve Large

FAIRFIELD (CBS13) — Only on CBS13, we’re hearing from one of the two undocumented workers detained at Travis Air Force Base by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

“I am a good guy,” Hugo Mejia said. Mejia is being held at the Rio Cosumnes Corrections Center in Elk Grove, facing deportation back to Mexico.

He asked to speak for most of the interview in Spanish.

Mejia told CBS13, he came to the U.S. looking for an opportunity “just like anybody else.” The only crime he says he committed is that he came here illegally. But he said his country (Mexico) doesn’t give him an opportunity for a future.

Mejia and his undocumented co-worker Rodrigo Nunez were both arrested at Travis Air Force Base. The pair were going through the military base security on their way to a construction job at David Grant Medical Center.

Mejia said he didn’t know the hospital would be on a military base.

Mejia told CBS13 he gave security his legal California issued driver’s license number and his car registration but left his social security number blank because he doesn’t have one. He filled out his taxpayer identification number in its place.

ICE issued a statement reading in part, the pair was arrested by “a fugitive operations team after they were notified of two foreign nationals attempting to gain entry into the military base.”

Crowds in Mejia’s hometown rallied for his release, while the democratic Congress member representing where he and his family have lived called the arrest excessive.

“This is the kind of inhumane deportation that even President Trump has said we weren’t going to see,” Rep. Jared Huffman said.

Both Mejia and Nunez have been deported before. Under federal law, a judge does not have to hear their case before they are removed from the country. Their lawyer is fighting for a hearing.

Comments (81)
  1. Throw them all out. They came here illegally. They broke the law. They are criminals. Toss them over the wall. I came here legally and spent tens of thousands on lawyers and b.s. roadblocks, but I did it legally. These punks need to be kicked out now.

  2. wvtbred says:

    Illegal is just that illegal!

  3. MAGA! How does one eat an elephant? One bite at a time. A couple here, a couple there and pretty soon you will that giant rushing sound of illegals leaving our country.

  4. Apparently California does not know the meaning of illegal.

    1. John Gault says:

      Except when
      ILLEGALLY ignoring executive orders
      LLEGALLY Shelter law breakers in sanctuary cities
      ILLEGALLY not enforcing the US laws

  5. How do you think Mexican immigration officers would process my case if I tried to work illegally on a Mexican military base? Seriously.

    1. Here in mexico it’s illegal to hire someone from another country, here legally, if there is a mexican qualified to do the job.

      1. ANY job. Illegal for someone here legally to participate in a political protest (just tossing that in).

  6. Where they here illegally? Yes. No buts, caveats, etc. They were here illegally. Full stop. Adios.

  7. A foreign national in this country illegally was arrested at a United States military base. Good job ICE.

  8. Who is the Democratic idiot that represents that district, needs to be reminded they swore an oath not to mexico but to the U.S. and it’s citizens!

  9. An illegal alien is a criminal. This isn’t hard, folks.

  10. Bob Jones says:

    I don’t see the problem. So what if immigrants from another country want to gain access to a US military base. They should also have access to Nuclear plants.

  11. Steve Austin says:

    and he was deported before. Also, we need to look at the Contractor who hired them as it is a federal crime to hire illegals to work on government contracts.

  12. “I am a good guy,” Hugo Mejia said”…

    Good as in breaking the law to enter the country illegally, right…?

  13. “The only crime he says he committed is that he came here illegally. ” Right. “he said his country (Mexico) doesn’t give him an opportunity for a future.” Quit asking what your country can do for you and start asking your self what you can do for your country.

  14. Rick Simm says:

    I hate to be blunt but the vast majority of United States citizens do not want any more immigrants allowed into this country until the borders are secured and there is an orderly way to allow productive immigrants into this country. I don’t give a rat’s ass what happened a hundred or two hundred years ago and whose great grandparents came to this country and made of life for themselves. This is 2017 and believe it or not, times have changed. I also don’t give a rat’s ass what the Mexican government has to say about this issue. If they don’t like it, tuff!
    Certain people are angry that the U.S. might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely. I say, “Let them be angry”.
    Let’s say I break into your house.
    Let’s say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave.
    But I say, “I’ve made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors. I’ve done all the things you don’t like to do. I’m hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).”
    According to the ILLEGAL ALIENS:
    You are Required to let me stay in your house
    You are Required to add me to your family’s insurance plan
    You are Required to Educate my kids
    You are Required to Provide other benefits to me and to my family
    (my husband will do all of your yard work because he is also hard-working and honest, except for that breaking in part).
    If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my RIGHT to be there.
    It’s only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I’m just trying to better myself.
    I’m a hard-working and honest, person, except for well, you know, I did break into your house.
    And what a deal it is for me!!!
    I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of cold, uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and bigoted behavior.
    Oh yeah, I DEMAND that you learn MY LANGUAGE!!! so you can communicate with me.

  15. so he claims the ONLY law he broke was coming here illegally. bull$hit. he is working illegally and he is probably sending money to mexico which violates the patriot act. these people are CAREER CRIMINALS. we also need to send CPS to the homes of these illegals and remove these children from a life of crime.

    1. oh AND they have been deported before?? yeah, hes not a career criminal.

  16. Why should WE have to pay for a hearing he isn’t entitled to? He has been deported once already and defied our laws to return again. This is NOT the type of immigrant we need in this country. Send him home. No hearing.

  17. “I am a good guy”, Hugo Mejia said. “You are a criminal”, the law responded.

  18. Who is the contractor who hired these illegals. He/she/it needs to be jailed too

  19. Mejia told CBS13, he came to the U.S. looking for an opportunity “just like anybody else.” The only crime he says he committed is that he came here illegally. But he said his country (Mexico) doesn’t give him an opportunity for a future

    “Crowds in Mejia’s hometown rallied for his release”.

    Don’t worry citizens of Mejia’s hometown…He will be released into your welcoming arms soon!

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