Occupy Oakland: Arrested protester could be deported
A protester who was arrested when police swooped down on the Occupy Oakland encampment could be deported.
Federal authorities have put an immigration hold on Francisco Ramos Stierle, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for the Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency.
The hold, she told The Times on Tuesday night, "is an indication that we believe this individual is potentially deportable."
Stierle, 36, was arrested at Frank Ogawa Plaza on Monday morning when police swooped down on the area and cleared the encampment. Nearly three dozen protesters were arrested.
Stierle was charged with refusing to disperse and disorderly conduct, according to online Alameda County Jail records. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.
The Oakland Tribune, which reported Stierle's arrest, said he hails from Mexico City.
Kice said the immigration detainer does not preempt any local prosecution and that an immigration court would ultimately decide whether Stierle would be deported.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photo: An Occupy Oakland protester outlines another in chalk Monday. Credit: Mathew Sumner / Getty Images