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Sister Murdered - Everilda Released 4/11/13!!

Update - April 11th, 2013

The day before Everilda was set to be deported, thanks to the public pressure, Michigan ICE finally caved and did the right thing by granting discretion. We did it!


On April 2nd, 2013, Everilda was arrested because she was a passenger in a car. Her sister was already assassinated back in Guatemala and those who murdered kill threatened the entire family.

Everilda is scheduled to be deported on April 12th, 2013

Take Action:

1.  Sign the petition and get the word out: "Everilda will be killed if deported; let her stay!" ----------------------------->

2.  Make a phone call to ICE Director John Morton 202-732-3000

Sample Script: I am calling to ask for the immediate release of Everilda Sanchez (A#200-070-769), currently being held at the Calhoun County Jail in Michigan. In 2005 Everilda's sister, an activist in Guatemala, was murdered. In 2011 Everilda's son was deported and targeted by the same people who killed her sister. If deported Everilda will be killed. Grant discretion; let her stay!"

Optional Talking Points:

-- Everilda takes care of her young granddaughter, who has hearing problems and needs ongoing treatment.
-- Everilda is not a priority for removal.
-- Her son has already been deported and since returning to Guatemala, has been kidnapped and stabbed.

After you sign & call please help us get the word out and share on facebook!

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The Petition

To President Obama, Senator Levin, Senator Stabenow, ICE Director John Morton and DHS Director Janet Napolitano:

I am writing to ask that you take immediate action to stop the deportation of Everilda Calvo Sanchez (A#200-070-759), currently detained at Calhoun County Jail. Everilda is a perfect candidate for deferred action; if deported Everilda will be killed by the same people who murdered her sister and nephew.

Everilda came to the U.S. in 1998 in order to be able to support her aging mother back in Guatemala. For the past 14-years Everilda has always maintained a clean record; she’s the main caretaker for her two kids and her granddaughter, Priscilla. Both of Everilda’s children are DACA-eligible, with one recently having received her work-permit.

On April 2nd, 2013, Everilda was arrested when her friend was pulled over and found to be driving without a license. Everilda was clearly profiled as she was just a passenger in the vehicle and should never have been asked her legal status.

If deported, Everilda will be killed. In 2005 Everilda’s sister, Esperanza Sanchez, an activist in Guatemala, and her nephew, were assassinated in their home. They were killed because Everilda’s sister was an out-spoken women’s rights activist. Her sister’s killers vowed to kill other family members including Everilda.

In 2011 Everilda’s son, Alder was deported. Since being deported he has twice been kidnapped and nearly killed; both times just barely managing to escape. The most recent kidnapping ended with Everilda’s son being stabbed multiple times. Returning home to Guatemala is no longer an option for the Calvo Sanchez family.

Everilda’s is eligible for discretion, yet Michigan Field Director Rebecca Adducci has refused to grant such relief. Director Adducci has a track record of ignoring directives from national ICE. In April 2011 and again in October 2012, ordered her agents to detain parents outside a local high school. In January 2012, Director Adducci refused to grant discretion in the case of Yanelli Hernandez, a DREAMer who had attempted suicide twice while in detention.

I urge you to take immediate action to secure the release of Everilda Calvo Sanchez (A#200-070-759). Everilda’s deportation would be a death sentence on her life.

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