Tears were flowing during rally was held today in Ann Arbor for more people facing deportation by the US Government and the Trump Administration.
“Please, I beg you to stay here with my family,” cried Lourdes Salazar Bautista in Spanish, a mother of three facing deportation next week.
Her two daughters attended the rally with her. Nineteen-year-old Pamela Quintana-Salazar says she’s a college student in Lansing and will have to move back to Ann Arbor to care for her 15-year-old sister.
Her 13-year-old brother, she says will have to move to Mexico where her father was deported 6 years ago. Both parents were undocumented. The mother has lived here 20 years.
Recent rallies have been in support of hundreds of Chaldeans facing deportation to Iraq.
This rally was for people being sent back to Mexico. It included several Ann Arbor local elected officials who said the Trump Administration was abusing its power, accelerating deportations.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement sent 7 Action News a statement about this and all cases:
As Secretary Kelly and Acting Director Homan have stated repeatedly, ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of national security and public safety threats; however, no class or category of alien in the United States is exempt from arrest or removal.
And as Acting Director Homan stated in July 26:
The dedicated men and women of ICE will continue to do our sworn duty to enforce our immigration laws and protect the safety and security of Americans.
A federal immigration judge ordered Ms. Salazar removed in 1998— a decision that was subsequently upheld by the Board of Immigration Appeals. Since then, she has been granted three stays of removal by ICE to make all necessary departure arrangements.
In a current exercise of discretion, the agency has allowed her to remain free from custody while timely finalizing her departure plans. The agency will continue to closely monitor her case to ensure compliance.