Dozens of faith based and human rights advocates gathered Friday to discuss how to keep Central American immigrants seeking political asylum from being deported.
Their meeting comes one day after Reuters reported immigration officials plan on deporting moms and children refugees.
One woman who is especially concerned is Margarita.
She's not sure if she'll see many of her loved ones ever again.
She didn't want her last name released, but says she hasn't seen her son since he was deported to El Salvador last year.
She says he was then kidnapped.
Now she fears her grandkids back there will have the same fate. And they won't have a shot at coming to the U.S.
According to reuters, U.S. immigration officials are planning a series of raids the next couple months to deport hundreds of central american moms and kids who are seeking asylum.
"It's shameful frankly," said Troy Elder, the Bishop's Legate for Global Partnership.
Immigration advocate Troy Elder says the it's a fear tactic to prevent others from entering the country.
"Let's target those who present the most danger to american society, the felons. Those with criminal convictions," says Elder.
He believes deportation threats are an election year tactic. And that mothers and children -- like Yoselin and her daughter Alice are easy targets.
Yoselin and her two year old daughter Alice walked from Guatemala to the U.S. five months ago
She didn't want their faces shown and says gang members shot at her house and left threatening notes, demanding they give them money.
She says the police did nothing.
She says the thugs have warned that if she returns, they will kill her and her daughter.
Her message to the Obama administration is that she's not a danger to the country, she just wants to give her daughter a shot at life.
Immigration and Customs Officials released a statement that said:
“As we have stated repeatedly, the Department of Homeland Security must enforce the law consistent with our enforcement priorities. Our highest priority is public safety and border security. More specifically, the enforcement priorities DHS announced in November 2014 include the removal of convicted criminals and others who constitute threats to public safety and national security, as well as recent border crossers. To promote and protect border security, our priorities include those apprehended crossing the border illegally after January 1, 2014. This includes single adults, as well as adults who bring their children with them.
Current operations are a continuation of operations Secretary Johnson announced in January and March. We stress that these operations are limited to those who were apprehended at the border after January 1, 2014, have been ordered removed by an immigration court, and have no pending appeal or pending claim for asylum or other humanitarian relief under our laws.
We stress also that in its enforcement operations, ICE will continue to adhere to existing guidance to avoid the apprehension of individuals at sensitive locations such as schools, hospitals and places of worship, except in emergency circumstances.
Again, we must enforce the law consistent with our priorities. We will continue to do so, as much as possible, consistent with basic fairness and our values.”
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