Ana, Job, Geovanny, Mario, and Erick Canenguez are being sent to their death, 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) truly fear for their lives if they are deported back into the hands of gangs in El Salvador.
In 2003 Ana Canenguez after a life rooted in poverty, filled with memories of sexual violence from her stepfather and physical beatings from her mother, left El Salvador. Her plan was to work for two years, earn some money then return to her sons, Jose, Job, Geovanny, Mario and Erick. She embarked on the dangerous journey of crossing four different boarders to make it into the United States.
“It’s very hard to leave your children. But you know what’s worse? You get up, your children say they are hungry, and you don’t have anything to give them to eat.”
2010 came and Ana was working for below minimum wage and sending most of every paycheck to her family. Back in El Salvador 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. Receiving Pressure to join the gangs, Geovanny and Job knew that if they didn’t leave, their lives would be at risk. At the age of 15 and 13, the young boys made the terrifying trip to the United States to join their mother. Despite being threatened by desert snakes, predators, and cartel members the boys trudged on. After Finally crossing the U.S. border and hours of walking through the Arizona desert, they were caught by border patrol and have been living in Utah while under going removal proceedings.
A year later in 2011, Ana received a call from a gang in El Salvador saying that Mario and Erick (12 and 10) would be killed if she didn't pay $25,000. Instead, She raised money to pay for them to undergo the same dangerous journey into the United States that she and her two sons had already taken. It had been eight years since she had seen her boys, and She Knew that once in the US they would have an opportunity to study safely without the harassment of gangs.
However, Half way through their journey they were caught by federal officers in Mexico. Upon hearing about the raid, Ana went to Mexico herself and fought for two hard months to get them out of an orphanage. She then hired an expensive coyote to help the three of them cross the U.S. border.
Walking through the desert, with the hot sun beating down upon them Ana was running out of food for her and her two children. Fearing death, she decided they would turn themselves into boarder patrol- they needed help immediately. After temporarily being detained Ana and her sons were released into Utah, however they were placed immediately in deportation proceedings
Through torment, scare tactics and trauma, the Canaguez family has excelled and at last they are all together.
With Ana winning Utah Head Start's Parent of the Year award in 2012, and all of the boys learning English, winning achievements, and earning recommendation letters the Canenguez family has become such an impactful and essential part of our community.
We ask that Ana, Job, Geovanny, Mario, and Erick's deportation stop immediately.
If this family is deported, their lives will be thrown into the hands of gangs of El Salvador, the gangs that have threatened the Canenguez family with their lives.
Let us not tear families apart.
KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER AND ALIVE.
RIGHT NOW, SEN. HATCH IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THE CAÑEGUEZ FAMILY. PLEASE CALL SEN. HATCH AND URGE HIM TO WRITE A PRIVATE BILL FOR THE CAÑENGUEZ FAMILY OR TO MAKE A SIMPLE PHONE CALL TO THE ICE OFFICE FIELD DIRECTOR, STEVEN M. BRANCH TO GRANT THEM PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION.
UTAH: (801) 524-4380
DC: (202) 224-5251
FACILITY MAIN LINE: (801) 851-4000
FIELD OFFICE MAIN LINE: (801) 313-4260
"Hello my name is _________ and I am calling [Steven M. Branch/Sen. Hatch] 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 fears for their lives if they are deported back into the hands of gangs in El Salvador. They are very loved in our community. 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