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  • Petitioned ICE

This petition was delivered to:

ICE Director
John Morton
Field Office Director
Steven M. Branch
Orrin Hatch
Senior Advisor to the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)
Nathan Berkley


    1. Petition by

      Salt Lake Dream Team END Campaign

Ana Canenguez, Job, Geovanny, Mario, and Erick's lives are in DANGER if they are deported to El Salvador!

Ana Canenguez (A#200189530), Job 18 (A#200696531), Geovanny 16 (A#200696530), Mario 14 (A#200189351), and Erick 12 (A#200189352) truely fear for their lives if they are deported back into the hands of gangs in El Salvador.

In 2003, after living a hard life in poverty since she was a child Ana made the journey to the United States so she could work and send money to support her sons, Jose, Job, Geovanny, Mario, and Erick in El Salvador.

In 2010, Job woke up to police next door investigating the horrific scene of two adolescent girls who were raped, killed, and cut into pieces by gangs. Later, Geovonny was demanded by gangsters to join them. If they didn't join the gangs, then they were to be brutally killed. At the age of 15 and 13, Job and Geovanny made a terrifying journey to the United States constantly being threatened by desert snakes, predators, and cartel members. After crossing the U.S. border and hours of walking in the desert they were caught by border patrol receiving Notices To Appear before an immigration judge in removal proceedings.

In 2011, Ana recieved a call from El Salvador that Mario and Erick's, then 12 and 10 years old, lives were threatened if she didn't pay $25,000. She raised money to pay for them to be brought to the United States instead, but they were caught by federal officers in Mexico. Ana went to Mexico herself and fought for two months to get them out of an orphanage, then she hired a coyote to help them cross the U.S. border. The coyote got lost and Ana and her sons were separated from the group. The three wandered for hours until a stranger drove up and Ana requested to contact border patrol so they could turn themselves in, receiving Notices to Appear as well.

Asylum was denied to the family because to be threatened with death by gangs is not an element in U.S. law to be granted asylum. One must be able to demonstrate a fear of persecution because of race, nationality, political opinion, religion or membership in a particular social group.

Even during threats and removal proceedings, Ana Canenguez presented great strength as she was elected president of the parents committee for the Head Start Migrant program in Honeyville where she volunteered. She recently received a Utah Head Start's Parent of the Year award on November 3, 2012. In 2 1/2 years, Job has learned English, won achievement awards, and earned recommendation letters from his high school. He and his brothers do not qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) because they have not lived the required 5 years in the U.S. Their future in El Salvador, if deported, would be full of poverty, violence, or death.

We ask that Ana, Job, Geovanny, Mario, and Erick's deportation be stopped and that they be granted prosecutorial discretion immediately. If this family is deported, their lives will be thrown into the hands of gangs in El Salvador that they so desperately tried to escape. Ana has two bright and beautiful citizen born children: Luis, 7 years old, and Kathy, 5 years old. They are together at last. KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER AND ALIVE.


Call ICE: 202.732.3000
Call Field Office Director: Steven M. Branch 801-313-4260
Call Nathan Berkley: (202) 732-4066
Call Senator Hatch: UT: (801) 524-4380; DC: (202) 224-5251
"Hello my name is _________ and I am calling [name of target] to  stop the deportation of Ana Canenguez (A#200189530) and her 4 sons:  Job (A#200696531), Geovanny  (A#200696530), whom are all below the age of 18 and have no criminal records. The family truly fear for their lives if they are deported back into the hands of gangs in El Salvador. They are very loved in the community of ______, Utah.  Please grant prosecutorial discretion and stop their deportation now!" 

For more about their story, read this article from Salt Lake City Weekly called HOMELAND INSECURITY: http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/article-35-16941-homeland-insecurity.html?current_page=1

Recent signatures


    1. Still Pending

      The families cases are still pending in the immigration courts. Please make a call to these targets!

      Call Janet Napolitano at DHS @ 202-282-8000
      Call ICE @ 202.732.3000
      Call Field Office Director: Steven M. Branch @ 801-313-4260

      "Hello my name is _________ and I am calling [name of target] to stop the deportation of Ana Canenguez (A#200189530) and her 4 sons: Job (A#200696531), Geovanny (A#200696530), whom are all below the age of 18 and have no criminal records. The family truly fear for their lives if they are deported back into the hands of gangs in El Salvador. They are very loved in the community of ______, Utah. Please grant prosecutorial discretion and stop their deportation now!"

    2. Reached 8,000 signatures

      Please take a moment to call ICE on behalf of the Canenguez family. Ask that Ana and her four boys be allowed to stay in the US.

      Utah ICE : 801-886-7400
      DHS/ Janet Napolitano: 202-282-8495
      ICE/ John Morton: 202-733-3000

      Sample Script: " I am calling to ask that Ana Cañenguez and her four kids not be deported. If they are deported their lives will all be in danger especially her four boys due to the gang violence in El Salvador. The Canenguez family deserves to to stay for their safety and future. Please grant this family relief."

    4. ABC 4 news Utah

      Immigrant Utah mother being deported and torn from her children

      TREMONTON, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A Utah family is being torn apart. The mother and four of her children are being deported to El Salvador, but several of the siblings will remain here in United States. "If they are deported, this country is deporting them to their death," said a supporter for the family.

    5. Salt Lake Tribune article

      Utah family says deportation would be a death sentence

      Taylorsville * Ana Cañenguez weeps about the looming deportation to El Salvador for her and four teenage sons, and says it is not just because it would again split her family as two younger children would remain in Utah as U.S. citizens born here.

    6. Deseret News article

      Mom crossed border illegally but wants family to stay together | Deseret News

      Ravell Call, Deseret News KEARNS - A community rallied around a single family Monday, begging the federal government to make an exception and not deport the immigrant mother and her four sons. "Ana does not threaten public safety and neither do her sons," said Raymi Gutierrez, a member of the Salt Lake Dream Team, which advocates for undocumented individuals fighting to win a path toward United States citizenship.

    7. Fox 13 news Utah

      Utah family facing deportation to El Salvador

      KEARNS, Utah - The immigration debate was the focus of a rally in Kearns on Monday as supporters of a Utah woman facing deportation plead with federal and local immigration officials to let her and her family stay in the United States.

    8. Press Conference on President's Day!

      Hello Everyone!

      We held a successful press conference on Monday, February 18th. Ana and her family had this opportunity to share their story to a larger audience in Utah! They were surrounded by supporters as they spoke to the media in at La Iglesia de Luz y Verdad. The family plead ICE to not deport them and asked for the community's support.

      Please continue to share this petition! Thank you!

    9. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rosanna Cueto CHICAGO, IL
      • 9 months ago

      El Salvador is one of the worst countries to be deported back to! Mainly because of the violent MS-13 gang. This family should be allowed to stay here.

      I will never understand this stupid country. It was built by immigrants. The only people who should really have a right to the U.S. are Native Indians, every one else is an IMMIGRANT!!!!!! Including all white, black and other "Americans."

    • Rony Francisco Corea ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • 10 months ago

      Please Help This Poor Family's with The Immigration Case they files in your offices. I'm Begging To Everyone who work with immigration To Help Our Family's and STOP Deporting Very Good Families Sincerely Rony Francisco Corea

      375 South Reynolds Street Apt 916 Alexandria, Virginia 22304

      Phone: (703) 850-8591

    • Drew Hendrickson EL CENTRO, CA
      • 10 months ago

      I know many people who face this horrifying reality and want to support them in any way I can.

    • Andrea Sauceda CRESCO, IA
      • 10 months ago

      its the right thing to do, especially if they are going to be killed if they back El Salvador.

    • Petra Farmer HOLLADAY, UT
      • 11 months ago

      Why tear families apart? It is a tragedy that we are holding hostage and keeping them in the shadows. Immigrants are an important part of our country.


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