A woman from West Valley, Silvia, has been ripped from her family and slated for imminent deportation. Silvia was detained on Friday in West Valley in a Michael’s parking lot while shopping with her 8-year old daughter. She has been torn from her family, including her 2-year old baby, her 8 and 10 year old children and her legal resident husband. Silvia has no criminal record and has been approved for her I-130 petition and is awaiting confirmation of her residency. Let’s show our support for Silvia and stand up against unethical and immoral deportations that tear Utah families apart and fail to make families safer in the process.
CALL TO ACTION
- JOIN US AT 10:00AM THIS MORNING for a (primarily silent) vigil and press conference to stand with immigrants and to protest unethical and immoral deportations in Utah and across the country.
WHERE: US Department of Homeland Security/ICE Office, 2975 South Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City. There is a UTA bus stop nearby. This is where Silvia was first detained. We will meet out front.
WHEN: 10:00AM Wednesday, May 3
DETAILS: Wear purple as a symbol of our solidarity with immigrants. Please bring appropriate, tasteful signs emphasizing families, our community/state values, not tearing families apart, the need for ethical and humane immigration practices, etc.
- Can’t make the vigil? Make calls for Silvia. Silvia’s family has started a phone tree to call for her release. Join their efforts by making a call or two this morning that could help change the fate of this family. Call on Senators Hatch and Lee to intervene on Silvia’s behalf.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)
- Want to do more? Call your sheriff. Seriously. Sheriffs are elected positions, and we can call them just like any legislator. Ask your sheriff to choose NOT to assist with deportations. More info here.
Silvia came to Utah as a child in 1993 along with her two sisters. All three have lived here, graduated, have social security numbers, have worked and paid taxes. One of the sisters is registered under the DACA program, and showed up faithfully every year to check in with ICE. None of the sisters has a criminal record.
Silvia is a devout Mormon with a solid LDS family (her father is currently serving as a bishop in Mexico). She has three children, including a 2-YEAR OLD BABY. Her husband is a legal resident who filed a form I-130 for his wife in 2012 to petition for her to immigrate. The petition has already been approved and Silvia is currently waiting for completion of her residency. The family is trying to file for DACA status Silvia, who is eligible like her sister, but sources say it may be too late.
On Friday morning, Silvia was parking at Michael’s on an errand with her 8-year old daughter to purchase supplies for her nephew’s birthday party when ICE officials approached and detained her. No explanation was given for her apprehension. Her husband was called in to retrieve their daughter. The family has been working with an immigration lawyer who was unavailable at the time of the detention.
As of Monday, Silvia was told that she had been detained for missing a meeting with immigration officials scheduled for three days prior to her detention. However, Silvia and her husband had received no notice of such a meeting by phone, mail or email, and ICE officials have shown them no proof that such a meeting was scheduled. Nevertheless, Silvia is being prepped for deportation.
Action Utah is working closely with Mormon Women for Ethical Government and Salt Lake Indivisible to follow this case and support Silvia and her family. We are calling on community members to stand with us in protesting unethical deportations like this, which are ripping Utah families apart. Instead of making our communities safer, they are terrorizing our neighbors and friends. Rally together in solidarity tomorrow to show our state and our nation how Utahns feel about unethical and immoral immigration policies.
Washington Post: “ICE data shows that half of immigrants arrested in raids had traffic convictions or no record”
CNN: “DACA: 10 questions on program that protects ‘Dreamers‘”
Salt Lake Tribune: “Trump’s expansion of deportation rules means ‘a new reality’ for immigrants in Utah, U.S.“