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Family Of Detained Undocumented Grandparents Demand Their Release

July 11, 2018 - 5:39 pm

The family of Brooklyn grandparents Concepcion and Margarito Silva, originally from Mexico, are speaking out after the couple had planned to enjoy the 4th of July with their daughter and her husband at Fort Drum Army Base in Upstate New York -- but ended up in detention.

“Both my parents are ill and need medical attention," Perla Silva said Wednesday. "All I ask is for them to be released immediately. We need to get my parents out now!"

Silva says her mother recently had heart surgery.

Silva says that her undocumented parents were "ratted out" by Army officials and reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and placed in a Buffalo-area detention center, where they are waiting for a hearing with an immigration judge. 

Security personnel at the base summoned immigration officials after the couple showed their municipal New York City ID cards. 

The Silvas have been in the U.S. for about 20 years. Their daughter says they did tell immigration officials they entered the U.S. illegally. 

Eduardo Silva, one of the couple's sons, say his parents obtained a work permit from the Department of Labor in 2007. 

The couple's detention has not sat well with immigrant rights groups, not surprisingly. 

"This is another example of how ICE and CBP are rogue agencies that only profit and benefit from immigrants' suffering," says Luba Cortez of the group Make The Road New York.