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(Published: Friday, October 27, 2000 at 5:03: PM)

San Joaquin Valley news briefs

Deportation of criminals protested in California

STOCKTON, Calif. (Modesto Bee) -- A dozen people gathered outside the headquarters of Stockton Unified School District's police department on Thursday to protest the deportation of an Edison High School student and his father.

The deportations are troublesome because parents and students were sent the message that school officials were acting as immigration watchdogs, said migrant worker organizer Luis Magana.

Roberto Solorio Jr., 16, was deported to Mexico after he and his younger brother allegedly fought with another boy last Friday.

The boy was delivered to Immigration and Naturalization Service officials after school police discovered he had an immigration document that appeared to be falsified.

When the boy's father, Roberto Solorio, a 41-year-old farm laborer, went to the immigration office to see his son, he also was detained and deported.

The boy's mother, Esperanza Solorio, 42, said her husband and son called Wednesday morning from the Mexican border city of Tijuana.

She did not know what their plans were or if they would return to their home state of Michoacan. She said the family had been in the United States for the past 16 years, since her son was 6 months old.