Thousands of his supporters launched a campaign for his release, which included a Change.org petition that attracted 6,600 signatures in just 24 hours. Thursday morning, Pancho was finally released from ICE custody. “Pancho” joins us from Berkeley, California.
“Every time the people ask me, ‘where you from?’ I say, ‘Well I’m from planet earth.’ And ‘Where’s your citizenship?’ ‘Well, I’m a citizen of the world.’ So that created a little bit more time, but... they have the fingerprints,” he says. “So at the end of the day, this is what’s happening instead of using these resources for building more clinics, for fixing those bridges, for getting more schools, for having meaningful livelihood. We’re using those resources, some people in the 1 percent are using those resources to harass peaceful people, to harass nonviolent people, to harass people that are looking for creating communities in harmony."