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Traffic stop could lead to Collier man's deportation

Posted at 10:17 PM, Feb 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-10 08:34:20-05

Dozens rallied outside the Collier County Courthouse Friday in support of Juan Daniel Gonzalez Lopez.

He was arrested for driving without a license February 6th, and is now facing deportation under a program called 287 G.  It allows deputies to initiate the deportation process for an illegal immigrant in the county jail system.

"How on earth is a man driving home to see his family from work, how is he a violent offender?" said Brian Oliva Infante.

Critics of the program said after meeting with Sheriff Kevin Rambosk in December, they were under the impression only illegal immigrants with a violent past would be deported.

"Now we are betrayed, and we will not stand for it," said Mandy Bayer, head of the Collier County Young Democrats.

In a statement emailed to Fox-4, Sheriff Rambosk said:

 "We have implemented this program responsibly and we administer it fairly and in accordance with the law. This program is one of the reasons that Collier County is the safest metropolitan county in Florida."