FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn
Mormon Women for Ethical Government Gather to Protest Unethical Detention of a Young Mother
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Mormon Women for Ethical Government, SL Indivisible, Action Utah!, and other concerned citizens will gather at the Department of Homeland Security field office in West Valley City on 2975 South Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, in a show of solidarity for a young mother named Silvia. Silvia was detained by ICE officers in a Michaels parking lot on the morning of April 28, 2017, in front of her 8-year-old daughter. At the time, she was given no reason for the arrest, except that officials had been following her for several days. Her husband, who is a legal permanent resident, was called to come and pick up their daughter, and then Silvia was taken to an address undisclosed to even the family. She has been detained since then.
Silvia was brought to the United States at the age of 7 and has spent over two decades as a law-abiding member of her community. She has been compliant with ICE’s orders to check in over the course of many years, and she and her husband, Carlos, a legal permanent resident, had already filed for an I-130 (Petitition for Alien Relative), and were awaiting a decision. They had no reason to fear a deportation, least of all for a young mother who would have qualified for DACA protection all along if she’d had proper legal advice.
Silvia did not receive any notification to report to ICE prior to her abrupt arrest while in public with her child. She is the mother of three young children (ages 2, 8, and 10).
“That she would be detained like this is unconscionable,” says Sharlee Mullins Glenn of Mormon Women for Ethical Government. “It is our intent to gather at Homeland Security office in West Valley City to show solidarity for our sister and to pray that these inhumane orders that tear apart families and strike at the very heart of our Utah values will end.”
We echo the LDS church’s official statement given April 2014:
“The foundational principles on which the Church’s position [on immigration reform] is based are: We follow Jesus Christ by loving our neighbors. The meaning of ‘neighbor’ includes all of God’s children, in all places, at all times. We recognize an ever-present need to strengthen families. Families are meant to be together. Forced separation of working parents from their children weakens families and damages society.”
We oppose any method of enforcement that causes unnecessary harm or emotional distress to loved ones, particularly children. While we acknowledge the importance of obeying the law, we reject as an eternal falsehood the idea that mistakes cannot be corrected, and we urge comprehensive immigration reform to correct drastically disproportionate penalties for minor, immigration-related offenses. Until then, we will seek to strengthen our communities by reaching out in love and helpfulness to those who are threatened by these changes. We will mourn with, comfort, and bear the burdens of our fellow men and women.
Members of the nonpartisan Salt Lake Indivisible, Action Utah! and other grassroots groups will be on hand to stand with us in solidarity for the unethical treatment of this young mother.
When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 10:00am
Where: ICE Salt Lake City Field Office (2975 South Decker Lake Drive, WVC, 84119 – UTA bus stop nearby)
What: Press conference calling on our government to demonstrate compassion
Why: Heavy-handed and inhumane deportation policy is tearing apart Utah families
Who: Mormon Women for Ethical Government, SL Indivisible, Action Utah!, and concerned citizens
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn
Mormon Women for Ethical Government and Others Gather in Prayer to Protest Feds’ “Changed Priorities” for Deportation
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — On Thursday, April 6, 2017, Mormon women and other concerned citizens will gather at the Salt Lake City Airport in a show of solidarity for an area woman, “Isabel,” who has been ordered to leave the United States by ICE agents who will be on hand to escort her onto a flight bound for Colombia. Isabel is a single mother and is the sole caretaker for her disabled son and her 86-year-old mother. ICE will not provide her with a reason why her request for an extension was denied. We are currently seeking the intervention of members from our congressional delegation.
“It is our intent to gather at the Salt Lake City Airport to show solidarity for our sister and to pray that these inhumane orders that tear apart families and strike at the very heart of our democratic values will end,” said Sharlee Mullins Glenn of Mormon Women for Ethical Government.
As women of faith, we echo the words of Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: “Immigration questions are question dealing with God’s children. I believe a more thoughtful and factual, not to mention humane, approach is warranted, and urge those responsible for enactment of . . . immigration policy to measure twice before they cut.”
We call upon our government to fix our broken immigration system.
When: Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Where: Salt Lake City Airport – Terminal 2. Lower level, near baggage claim. (776 N. Terminal Dr.)