UPDATE: Immigrant father taken into ICE custody is granted lower bail

United We Dream, a local advocacy group, held a rally on Tuesday outside Hamilton County Sheriff's Office to support one family urging the sheriff not to hand him over to ICE. (Image: WTVC)

UPDATE (Thursday, June 6):

A judge has granted lower bail to the immigrant who was taken into ICE custody for driving under the speed limit and driving without a license.

That's according to United We Dream, a local Advocacy group.

Edgar Vasquez-Diaz remains in the LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, Louisiana.

The Vasquez-Diaz family must raise $15,000 by June, 9th to make bail.

Edgar Vasquez-Diaz still faces the possibility of deportation.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family.

UPDATE (Thursday, April 11):

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office confirms Edgar Vasquez-Diaz was taken into ICE custody.

A spokesman says he was picked up at the Hamilton County Jail at 8:30 Thursday morning.

UPDATE (Wednesday, April 10):

According to online court records, Edgar Vasquez-Diaz has pleaded guilty to the charge of driving on a revoked, suspended, or cancelled license.

Records say the charge of violating minimum speed limit was dismissed. He was fined $50, suspended on good behavior, and placed on probation.

Hamilton County Jail officials say Vasquez-Diaz is still in the jail with an immigration hold on him, and he will remain there until federal authorities pick him up.

Yesterday, his family pleaded with the sheriff's office for his release. You can see the full report below.

PREVIOUSLY (Tuesday, April 9):

The battle over immigration is happening right here in our area.

One family is asking Hamilton County Sheriff's Office to return their father home and not give him to federal authorities.

Outside the sheriff's office stood a broken family asking Sheriff Jim Hammond to return Edgar Vasquez-Diaz back to his wife and kids.

Organizers of Tuesday's rally said this isn't the first time they've seen families afraid of being separated from their loved ones.

"My daughter doesn't want to go to school anymore, she is sad. I want him to be released and I am asking the Sheriff that he doesn't hand my husband to immigration," Anabella Cornelia Guox Lopez said.

Four days ago, public records show he was arrested for driving well below the speed limit and without a license.

Now, Vasquez-Diaz remains behind bars on a hold for immigration.

His family fears he'll be deported and separated from his children, who were born in the United States.

Immigration attorneys said this situation is playing out more and more since a new Tennessee law went into effect.

That new law bans the creation of Sanctuary cities in Tennessee, but doesn't require local law enforcement to report their undocumented suspects to ICE.

'United We Dream,' a local Advocacy group says, the Sheriff has the power to not hand the father of two over to ICE.

"We will come together, we will find ways to educate our community of our rights and we will speak up today and every single time when our loved ones are in detentions," LuzHilda Campos, Deportation Defense Program Manager with 'United We Dream,' explained.

We reached out to the Hamilton County Sheriff, but he wouldn't sit down with us to talk about this arrest.

But back in 2017, he's made his opinion on immigration clear.

"I have enough on my plate, I'm not gonna get out here and say I'm gonna hire a task force to look for illegals No. But if we do come across someone illegal we are going to take the proper action to bring it to the attention of the proper authorities," Sheriff Jim Hammond said at a a community meeting with Chattanooga Residents on immigration concerns.

We requested his criminal history from the TBI.

A background check shows he's been arrested before for driving without a license and DUI.

Vasquez-Diaz is due in court Wednesday, April 10th.

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