Jose Cerillo and his two brothers-in-law, Jacinto Cuyuch-Brito and Juan Daniel Cuyuch-Brito, were arrested March 4 in a Cedar Rapids immigration raid, according to local media. They were charged with possessing false work documents or entering the country illegally.
Jose's wife, Juana, spoke at a May 6 press conference in Cedar Rapids. She said that law enforcement officers knocked on the door of their apartment shortly before 7 a.m. on March 4. The officers broke down the door, and searched their clothes and phone contacts, she said, according to The Catholic Messenger.
Juana said she was questioned for more than two hours. At the May 6 press conference, said she was worried about her husband, who is being held in Linn County Jail, which has seen at least two confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
Jose has a serious heart condition, his wife said, making him more likely to experience serious or fatal complications from COVID-19.
"We're just here to work. We come here because we have to, out of need," Juana said, according to the Des Moines Register. "If one of us gets it and we ended up dying, we won't get to see each other again."
Jacinto Cuyuch-Brito's wife, Rosa, is also struggling with her husband's absence. She and her baby boy – who was just two months old at the time of the arrest – have moved into the local Catholic Worker House, because they cannot afford to pay rent with her husband detained.