After ICE Released DACA Recipient, Her Mother, A Pastor From Colombia, Now Faces Deportation
People with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status are sheltered from deportation to an extent. However, they are still vulnerable in several ways and some people with DACA have been deported. Immigration officials say that if someone with criminal activity is protected under DACA they could be deported. Now, a case out of Wisconsin is showing how ICE is using DACA recipients to detain more people.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) first detained 26-year-old Paula Hincapie, who is protected under DACA while she was taking her daughter to work.
According to several news reports, Hincapie was in the car with her small child when ICE agents detained her during a traffic stop. For reasons unknown, the immigration officials then drove her to her home in Chicago where her parents were at the time,
One report says that 20 armed ICE agents raided her home and detained her mom, dad, and cousin.
“This was a carefully planned raid that involved a lot of heavy-duty police force, multiple police vehicles, maybe 20 police officers, all of them armed as though they were invading a space where there was some kind of dangerous criminal,” Stephanie Mitchell, a professor at Carthage College who knows Rendon, told Racine Journal Times.
Her mom is Rev. Betty Rendón at the Emaus ELCA, a Lutheran church in Racine, Wisconsin. She’s also an asylum seeker from Colombia.
The church where Rendón works released the following statement on Facebook to tell the community what happened to her and her family. Also, to share the manner in which they were detained.
“The agents took the wheel of the car and drove them back to the house, where Pastor Rendón’s husband, Carlos, was leaving home for work. The agents shouted at him in English, which he does not speak well, shook him violently, and shoved him towards the car. They ordered him to open the door of the house. Once the door was open, they forced their way in. A group of ICE vehicles with numerous officers then converged on the house and poured inside, brandishing their weapons and pointing them at the family. Pastor Rendón was still in her pajamas. They did not allow her to get dressed but handcuffed her as she was. Her granddaughter screamed and cried while the officers searched until they found their houseguest, a cousin, who had fled into the basement to hide. They handcuffed him as well. Having arrested all of the adults in the home, the officers allowed Pastor Rendón to phone the child’s other grandparents so that they could come to collect her. While doing that, she managed to send a short text to the church to inform us that she would likely not be able to preach on Sunday. Pastor Rendón was particularly struck by the celebratory tone of the officers. They were jubilant because they had managed to arrest so many people in a single raid.”
According to USA Today, the family fled Colombia and arrived in the U.S. in 2004. In 2009, their asylum application denied, but according to the publication, deportation wasn’t enforced.
The church and the community is demanding that ICE release Pastor Rendón and her family.
“We are going to fight to keep this family together,” Christine Neumann-Ortiz, an immigration advocate in Miluakee that is working on the case said in an interview with USA Today.
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