A Grover Beach woman who is a single mother of two adults and one 16-year-old high school student is reportedly facing deportation next week.
Neofita Valerio-Silva is scheduled to report to the Santa Maria Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility on Jan. 3, and will then be deported, Central Coast Congressman Salud Carbajal wrote in a letter to David Marin, the director of the Los Angeles ICE office. Carbajal is requesting that ICE call off the pending deportation.
“She has never committed a crime beyond entering the United States,” Carbajal said in the letter. “There are criminals who deserve and should be deported; Neofita is not one of them.”
Valerio-Silva has an adult daughter and a 19-year-old son who is a college student, in addition to the 16-year-old girl. The Grover Beach woman’s teenage daughter is a competitive cheerleader and an excellent student, Carbajal wrote in the letter.
If Valerio-Silva were to be deported, her 19-year-old son would be responsible for her youngest daughter. The 19-year-old is not in a position to financially or emotionally support his younger sisters, Carbajal said.
The eldest of Valerio-Silva’s three children reportedly works as a nurse in Southern California. Valerio-Silva’s husband does not live in the area either.
Dawn Addis, a coordinator of the San Luis Obispo Women’s March, is leading a campaign to upend the pending deportation.
“The goal is to keep a mother with her minor-aged daughter. Taking her will do no good for her child or the community where she lives, works and owns a home,” Addis stated on Facebook. “If she is deported, her children will have no parent to care for them. They will be reliant upon one another financially and emotionally and will very likely lose their home, as they will be unable to afford their mortgage.”
Addis said the legal options in Valerio-Silva’s case have been exhausted, and the only option left is to beg the Santa Maria ICE office not to deport her.