To: ICE Office of Chief Counsel in Philadelphia & ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations in New Jersey,

Carmela Libre: Stop the Deportation of Mother & Children in Sanctuary at Church of the Advocate

Carmela Libre: Stop the Deportation of Mother & Children in Sanctuary at Church of the Advocate

Stop the deportation of Carmela and her four children, Fidel (age 15), Keyri (13), Yoselin (11), and Edwin (9). Tell Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stay their order of deportation and join a motion to reopen their asylum case.

Carmela and her family were issued a family order of deportation after their asylum petition was denied. They came to the U.S. fleeing the violence of the U.S.-backed drug wars in Mexico, which claimed the lives of three of their closest family members and led to physical assault of Carmela and her oldest daughter. Should Carmela and her children be deported, their lives will be in imminent danger.

Carmela and her children have taken Sanctuary in Church of the Advocate to protest their deportation orders and the injustices endured by immigrants everyday.


Paren la deportación de Carmela y sus cuatro hijos, Fidel (edad 15), Keyri (13), Yoselin (11), y Edwin (9). Dile a Inmigración y Control de Aduanas que suspendan la orden de deportación de la familia y que se unan a una moción para reabrir su caso de asilo.

Carmela y su hijxs recibieron una orden de deportación familiar después de que su petición de asilo fue rechazada. Ellxs vinieron huyendo del crimen organizado de las Narcoguerras en Mexico apoyadas por la política exterior de los Estados Unidos. Esta violencia resultó en el asesinato de tres miembros de su familia y ataques contra Carmela y su hija.

Carmela y sus hijxs han tomado Santuario en Church of the Advocate para protestar su deportación y las injusticias que viven lxs inmigrantes todos los días.

Why is this important?


On December 13th, 2017, Carmela, Fidel, Keyri, Yoselin and Edwin took the prophetic and bold step to enter into Sanctuary at Church of the Advocate, a member congregation of New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia. “I am taking Sanctuary to fight for my family, to protest our deportation orders and the injustices of the immigration systems. Everybody deserves to live with dignity and safety,” said Carmela.

El 13 de Diciembre del 2017, Carmela, Fidel, Keyri, Yoselin y Edwin tomaron el paso audaz y profético de tomar Santuario en la iglesia Church of the Advocate, miembro del Nuevo Movimiento Santuario. “Estoy tomando Santuario para luchar por mi familia, para protestar nuestras ordenes de deportacion y las injusticias de los sistemas de inmigracion. Todos merecemos vivir con dignidad y seguridad,” dijo Carmela.


Drawing on its long legacy of organizing for social justice, the Church of the Advocate is responding to the mounting attacks on immigrants and other communities of color by joining the movement to build Sanctuary for all. The Church is on the National Register of Historic Places, is a National Historic Landmark, and is well known for providing spiritual enrichment, social services, and community programming in Philadelphia. It is also the site of the ordination of the first female priests in the Episcopal Church in 1974.

Basada en su largo legario de organizar por la justicia social, la iglesia Church of the Advocate está respondiendo a los ataques contra los inmigrantes y otras comunidades de color uniéndose al movimiento para construir Santuario para todxs. La Iglesia esta el en Registro Nacional de Lugares Históricos, es un Sitio Nacional Histórico, y es muy bien conocida por proveer enriquecimiento espiritual, servicios sociales, y programación comunitaria en Filadelfia. También es el sitio de ordenación de las primeras sacerdotisas en la Iglesia Episcopaliana en 1974.


Deportations continue to wreak havoc in immigrant communities as the Trump Administration has increased immigration arrests by 45%. The federal administration explicitly targets “Sanctuary” cities such as Philadelphia, and it has stripped young people, refugees, asylees, and other populations from conditional relief programs like Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and DACA. Asylum law, even when applied to its full extent, does not protect the lives of people who have been displaced from their countries of origin by violence and poverty exacerbated by U.S. foreign policy.

Las deportaciones continúan causando estragos en las comunidad inmigrantes mientras la Administración de Trump ha incrementado los arrestos de inmigrantes por el 45%. La administracion federal explicitamente ataca a las ciudades “Santuario” como Filadelfia, y ha robado a lxs jóvenes, refugiadxs, recipientes de asilo, y otras poblaciones de programas de relieve condicional como el TPS y DACA. Las leyes de asilo, aun cuando son bien aplicadas, no protegen las vidas de las personas que han sido desplazadas de sus países de origen por la violencia y la pobreza exacerbada por la política exterior de los Estados Unidos.

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Reasons for signing

  • Sending people to their deaths by returning them to dangerous situations is not the American way.
  • Its the right thing to do...they have a right to a better life...that is what the statue of liberty and the US stands for and now our country is divided and listening to ignorant and racist people.
  • "Asylum law does not protect the lives of people who have been displaced from their countries of origin by violence and poverty exacerbated by U.S. foreign policy." We must redress the wrong our foreign policy has created.


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