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
This is Silvia, a young Utah mother of 3, who is being deported this weekend. Her story is below. Those of us who want to stand with her are going to meet in West Valley City tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. We would love to have YOU join us.
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. 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,” said Sharlee Mullins Glenn of Mormon Women for Ethical Government.
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.