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Congress is preparing  to vote on the conference committee agreement that increases funding for the deportation agencies of ICE and CBP. The agreement includes a massive expansion of immigration enforcement and detention.

Immigrant youth and our families know that more money for the deportation force means more pain, abuse and suffering for immigrants. United We Dream presents the stories of Jorge Sarango & Elvia Mendez Ixcoy, demonstrating why Congress must reject Trump’s wall and defund ICE and CBP.

Need a recap on the stories and our report?

#1 – Jorge Sarango

Jorge Sarango is a business owner, father of two U.S. citizen children, and the sole breadwinner in his family. In February 2018, Jorge was detained outside of Cortland County Courthouse in White Plains, NY. His brother, Luis, was with him at the time and recalls the ICE agent telling him that Jorge wouldn’t be behind bars for long — this was a lie. Of Jorge and his wife, Luis says, “He loves her and he loves their daughter. They’re were scared they would never see Jorge again.” Jorge was held at a detention camp in Etowah County for nearly a year and was released in January 2019.

On February 7 of this year, Jorge made his very first trip out of the state of New York to share his story on Capitol Hill and was among the families standing beside the Congressional Squad as they called on Congress to cut funding to ICE and CBP.

Click here for a first-hand account of Jorge’s experience in ICE detention.

#2 – Elvia Mendez Ixcoy

Elvia Mendez is an asylum seeker and mother to two immigrant children. She fled Guatemala as a survivor of domestic abuse at the hands of her husband, a police officer who took advantage of his position to harm their family. She was detained by Border Patrol in late November 2017 and was freed after 29 days but with a shackle on. In March of 2018, her daughter made the journey north with her son, but they were separated. Elvia’s daughter remained in a shelter for 45 days and communication via video conference was impossible because her daughter wouldn’t stop crying. The family is now reunited, although she remains under ICE supervision. Elvia now works at a restaurant and as an office cleaner,  but a March 2019 court date looms over their heads. Despite the conditions of detention and the trauma of her family separation, she hopes to remain in the country and win asylum.

On February 7, Elvia and her children traveled to Washington, D.C. to share their story with her Member of Congress and urge lawmakers to make cuts to ICE and CBP.