ICE detainee marries


Juan Manuel Diaz-Juarez is getting his day in court this morning. But last night, Diaz had his day at the altar.

Diaz is one of 16 Mexican men that immigration officers arrested last week during a raid on a Nampa factory. Arrested for unspecified immigration violations, Diaz went before federal judge Mikel H. Williams at the U.S. District Court in Boise this morning.

But last night, his fiancee, Veronica Mason, visited him at the Ada County Jail, and brought along a retired Presbyterian minister, Rev. Ed Keener.

“I did what was necessary and it doesn’t matter where you get married,” Mason said. “We’re both very happy.”

Mason met Diaz a year and a half ago, online and moved from Mountain Home to Nampa to be near him. On Dec. 4, Immigration and Customs Officials arrested Diaz during an immigration raid at Idaho Truss in Nampa.

We wrote about the raid in this week’s BW. Nine of the men arrested have initial appearances before Williams today and more are on the calendar tomorrow.

The wedding ceremony, the first first jailhouse union Keener has performed, took place by telephone, through a thick glass window.

“I blew him a kiss,” Mason said. “We’ll get plenty of kisses in later.”