Perla Silva

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Daughter Pleas For Release Of Undocumented Parents Arrested At Upstate Military Base

July 11, 2018 - 2:42 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A daughter on Wednesday made an urgent plea to have Immigration and Customs Enforcement release her parents, after they taken into custody while visiting family at a military base in upstate New York on July 4.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, Perla Silva had to pause several times to clear the tears from her face as she spoke in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

“Who can assure us that they’re being taken care of?” Silva said.

Silva fears for the lives of her parents, Concepcion and Margarito, who have medical problems and are locked up in an ICE facility.

“I still want to ask,” she said. “We have questions. We need answers.”

Silva’s parents went to Fort Drum near upstate Watertown on Independence Day. They were there to visit their daughter and her husband, who serves in the military.

The Brooklyn couple used their IDNYC cards as identification.

Officials at Fort Drum asked for more ID, leading to a call to Customs and Border Protection and to the arrest of the Silvas, who are undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

Silva on Wednesday was begging for the release of her parents, saying that every day they’re in custody is a day too long.