Monday, April 1, 2013

Salt Lake Dreamers in race to save woman from deportation

Posted By on April 1, 2013, 5:50 PM

Immigration activists Salt Lake Dreamers fear that Brenda Guzman will be deported from the United States on April 4 unless public protest can turn the tide and save the mother of five small children, all U.S. citizens.---

Guzman, according to a petition set up by the Dreamers on behalf of Guzman, which you can read here, came to the United States when she was 6. After an abusive relationship with a 24-year-old that began when she was 15 and left her with two children and a third on the way, her partner abandoned her. 

The Dreamers only recently learned about Guzman's story. Details so far regarding her legal situation—beyond her impending deportation in four days—are somewhat confused. Guzman is currently believed to be held in the Spanish Fork jail

The Dreamers state that Guzman was facing eviction when she went to a payday lender, who turned her into police for a false Social Security number. According to court records, she subsequently pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors for attempted identity fraud and attempted forgery.

Immigration activists say that Immigration & Customs Enforcement views such as non-violent convictions serious enough to justify deportation.

That was apparently the case with Ana Canenguez and her family, who were featured in City Weekly's January cover story, Homeland Insecurity, and for whom the Dreamers have also been fighting to keep them from deportation to El Salvador.

You can read the Canenguez petition here.

The Canenguez petition is close to 8,000 signatures and, according to Dreamer member Raymi Guttierez, will soon be printed by her group and taken to Sen. Mike Lee's office. Lee expressed interest to other members of the group with regard to learning more about specific cases of immigrants facing deportation, Guttierez said.

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