WHO: Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), CASA, DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network, National Immigration Law Center, American Immigration Lawyers Association
WHAT: RALLY ON BEHALF OF LILIANA CRUZ MENDEZ, AN IMMIGRANT LIVING HERE FOR MORE 10 YEARS AND WITH TWO U.S. CHILDREN
WHEN: 11 A.M. TUESDAY, MAY 23TH, 2017.
WHERE: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Washington DC HEADQUARTERS,
500 12th St SW, Washington, DC
- ASK FOR RELEASE OF LILIANA CRUZ MENDEZ AND ALL OTHER IMMIGRANTS WITH MINOR OFFENSES OR NO CRIMINAL RECORDS WHO HAVE BEEN DETAINED BY ICE SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE.
- DENOUNCE THE ANTI-IMMIGRANT LEGISLATION MOVING THROUGH CONGRESS. CASES LIKE MENDEZ AND OTHERS LIKE HERS WILL BECOME A LOT MORE COMMON IF THIS LEGISLATION PASSES
CASA AND OTHER IMMIGRANT RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ASK FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF VIRGINIA MOTHER OF TWO US CHILDREN
WASHINGTON, D.C. (MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017) _ A growing number of voices are demanding that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement release Liliana Cruz Mendez, a Virginia mother of 2 who was detained during a regularly scheduled check-in last week.
“This is not what our country is about.” said CASA’s Executive Gustavo Torres. “This mother’s only crime was to work to provide for her children through honest work and unending grit.”
Because of a 2013 traffic stop for a busted tail light, Cruz Mendez pleaded guilty to driving without a driver’s license, a conviction which is now grounds to deport her and separate her from her 2 U.S. born children.
“Once again, Trump’s ICE machine is showing the world how cold-hearted it is. Like many undocumented immigrants, Liliana Cruz is a hardworking parent, trying to make a living and a life for her family,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA).
This detention occurs the same week that lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing some of the harshest anti-immigrant legislation in over a decade. This legislation could make cases like Cruz Mendez’ a commonplace occurrence.