SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Community groups are protesting the pending deportation of a 31-year-old Mexican mother of three whose family says she was taken into custody by immigration agents while shopping with her daughter.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok said Wednesday that Silvia Avelar-Flores was taken into custody Friday in West Valley City because she had overstayed a 6-month visitor visa she was given in 1993. He says she ignored two previous orders issued in the mid-1990s to leave the United States.
Sharlee Mullins Glenn, leader of Mormon Women for Ethical Government, says Avelar-Flores was detained in front of her 8-year-old daughter while they were picking up birthday party supplies for a nephew.
Glenn’s group organized a rally Wednesday calling it unethical to tear apart Avelar-Flores family.
Her detention comes amid President Donald Trump’s more aggressive approach to deportation than its predecessor.
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