Arrested Springfield deportation protesters arraigned in court

15 individuals scheduled to return to court on November 30

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 18 protesters arrested in Springfield on Monday during a deportation protest were arraigned in district court on Tuesday.

18 charged with trespassing after deportation protest in Springfield

Six men and twelve women were charged with misdemeanor trespassing after they blocked the doors to the old Federal Building, protesting Springfield resident Lucio Perez’ deportation order.

Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News the following individuals were arrested:

  • Peter Blood – Amherst – 71
  • Eric Bauer – Chicopee – 37
  • Peter Ives – Northampton – 75
  • Geoffrey Lobenstine – Belchertown – 74
  • Justin David – Northampton 48
  • William Meyer – Hadley – 26
  • Sydney Reyes-Beattie – Northampton – 20
  • Lillian Williams – Kingston, Penn.
  • Patricia Deangelis – Amherst – 71
  • Ruth Woodring – Florence – 47
  • Liza Neal – Northampton – 44
  • Patricia Lane – Amherst – 71
  • Shelley Rosen – Northampton – 23
  • Maria Cuerda – Chicopee – 59
  • Diana Sierra-Becerra – Northampton – 28
  • Holly Richardson – Florence – 52
  • Victoria Kaplan – Haydenville – 34
  • Ellen Graves – West Springfield – 77

At court on Tuesday, Rosen, Neal and David pleaded guilty and paid $100 fines for civil trespassing charges. The remaining individuals all pleaded not guilty to criminal trespass charges and are scheduled to be back in court November 30.

More than 100 family members, faith leaders, and community members marched Monday to support Guatemala-born Perez. He is set to be deported Thursday, so the group gathered to urge immigration officials to cancel the order.

Perez is a landscaper and married father of four U.S. citizens. He had a temporary work authorization that expired in July.