Dozens of Tucson, Arizona high school students walked out of class Monday morning and marched in the name of a classmate taken into Border Patrol custody last Thursday.
According to a spokesperson from Sunnyside Unified School District, Thomas Torres, a senior and football player at Desert View High School, was apprehended by Border Patrol agents following a traffic stop by Pima County Sheriff’s Department.
A deputy pulled over Torres at 9:46 p.m. Thursday in reference to a mandatory insurance suspension on a vehicle. When the deputy asked Torres for identification, he allegedly was unable to produce a valid form of identification.
After attempting to contact his family to verify the teenager’s identity, Torres reportedly told the deputy that “he was in the country illegally.” This prompted the deputy to contact Border Patrol.