Tell ICE to Release Vilma and Reunite Her With Her Daughter

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Vilma Carrillo is a mother from Guatemala who has been separated from her 11 year old daughter, Yeisvi, since May, as they were attempting to seek asylum in the U.S. Vilma escaped Guatemala because of horrendous domestic violence, and undertook a dangerous journey with her child to have a chance at a life in safety.

Under the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy, thousands of parents were separated from their children after they entered the U.S. at the southern border, and Vilma was one of them. Parents reported countless stories of the traumatizing and forceful ways in which they were separated; including being told that their children were only being taken for a bath, or having their screaming children ripped from their arms. The inhumanity of this policy was acknowledged at a bipartisan level, and a federal judge ordered all separated families to be reunited by July 29th. Vilma watched as parents joyfully reunited with their children, even though they were still being detained, but her turn never came.

Yeisvi is a U.S. citizen, and U.S. citizens cannot be placed in these immigrant detention centers, so Vilma and Yeisvi were not permitted to be reunified. As a result, Yesivi has been painfully separated from her mother for over seven months, as she waits in foster care in Arizona. Vilma has also been recently informed that she may lose her parental rights if she is not released from detention. The state of Arizona has made clear, however, that the only reason why her parental rights are in jeopardy is because she is detained. ICE is aware that keeping Vilma in detention may result in her losing custody of her daughter, and they have not yet released her.

Please sign this petition urging the ICE Atlanta Field Office Director, Sean Gallagher, and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, to order the release of Vilma immediately.  

Vilma and Yeisvi deserve a chance at rebuilding a life in safety together. 

Click here to read the New York Times story on Vilma and Yeisvi. 



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