Make the Road New York Condemns ICE Attack on Grandparents Visiting Army Base, Reported by Think Progress

Posted on July 9, 2018

Mexican grandparents detained on 4th of July while trying to visit son-in-law serving in Army

Originally Published in Think Progress on July 8, 2018
Written by Adrienne Masha Varkiani

A Mexican couple from Brooklyn was detained on July 4 outside the Army base at Fort Drum, near the border with Canada, where they had traveled to celebrate the holiday with their son-in-law before his deployment to Afghanistan.

Their son, Eduardo Silva, said they had valid New York City IDs, which they had used to access military bases before. But this time, military police questioned the ID and asked for a second form of identification. After the couple showed their passports, the military called Border Protection agents, who took them to a detention center in Buffalo.

The couple’s daughter-in-law told NY1 that the Silvas’ children specifically asked Fort Drum officials whether their undocumented parents could visit, and they were told that they could if they showed ID. She said that the officials did not say anything about the base asking for a second form of identification.

“This is yet another case of rogue ICE and CBP agents, in concert with military personnel, using all of their energy to tear apart immigrant families and put our loved ones at grave risk. ICE must free the Silvas today,” immigrant advocacy group Make the Road New York said in a statement to NY1. “And, with new evidence presenting itself every day of this agency’s heinous abuses against our community, we continue to say: abolish ICE.”

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