ICE Says Wendy Miranda-Fernandez Is Still in the U.S. | News
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Friday, May 5, 2017

ICE Says Wendy Miranda-Fernandez Is Still in the U.S.

Posted by on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 8:01 PM

Wendy Miranda-Fernandez, a twenty-three-year-old Durham resident taken into custody last month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was still detained as of Friday evening. She had been scheduled to be deported from the country today.

Miranda-Fernandez, who attended Riverside High School, had been planning to marry her fiancé of more than one year when she was taken into custody during an ICE check-in on March 22.

Miranda-Fernandez came to the United States in 2008 when she was fourteen years old after witnessing a murder outside of her home in Barrio El Calvario, El Salvador. As an unaccompanied minor, she was allowed into the country but the Board of Immigration Appeals in June 2014 denied her application for asylum. She was issued a final removal order in August 2016, according to ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox.

Miranda-Fernandez's attorney, Nardine Guirguis, says her client was issued several stays of her removal from the country and that her most recent stay was unexpired when she sought a renewal last month. Cox, however, says the stay expired March 10.
click to enlarge Wendy Miranda - ALERTA MIGRATORIA NC
  • Alerta Migratoria NC
  • Wendy Miranda
Cynthia Martinez, a paralegal at Guirguis Law, said there was confusion Friday about Miranda-Fernandez's location. An online ICE detainee locator system showed Thursday night that she had been moved from Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia to LaSalle Detention Center in Louisiana, but when the law firm called that facility, staff said she was not there. Martinez said a detainee at the Irwin detention facility reported she had been moved back there.

A LaSalle employee told the INDY that Miranda-Fernandez was still at the facility at five p.m. Friday. Martinez said Miranda-Fernandez has not called the law firm today, despite "multiple messages" left for her at LaSalle.

"We’ve been trying to figure something out to give her family some peace of mind," Martinez said.

Guirguis has filed a motion to reopen Miranda-Fernandez''s case, along with a new asylum application, and a request for an emergency stay.  There was no news on those items Friday evening.

Guirguis says Miranda-Fernandez could be killed if she returns to El Salvador. According to Alerta Migratoria NC, the murder she witnessed took place after her brother refused to join Mara Salvatrucha, more commonly known as MS13.

"Her brother and entire family fear the bloodiest of retributions resulting from his insubordination and unwillingness to take arms with the Mara Salvatrucha," the advocacy group said in a statement. "The United Nation’s Homicide Reports show El Salvador has become the world’s most violent country outside a war zone."

Tags: , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Comments

The idea of compulsory labor is abhorrent to me. I think a good compromise would be some type of system …

by Timothy Oswald on Prisoners Across the Country Are Going on Strike. Two Triangle Events Explain Why and How To Show Support. (News)

I'm not one to deny the civil war was fought to defend the practice of slavery. At the same time …

by Timothy Oswald on Done It Like Durham: Here’s a Short Documentary of the Protest That Led to Silent Sam’s Demise (News)

Most Recent Comments

The idea of compulsory labor is abhorrent to me. I think a good compromise would be some type of system …

by Timothy Oswald on Prisoners Across the Country Are Going on Strike. Two Triangle Events Explain Why and How To Show Support. (News)

I'm not one to deny the civil war was fought to defend the practice of slavery. At the same time …

by Timothy Oswald on Done It Like Durham: Here’s a Short Documentary of the Protest That Led to Silent Sam’s Demise (News)

You have to understand the mindset of these students and realize what they're being taught. They honestly believe that the …

by Timothy Oswald on After Decades of Calling for Silent Sam to Go, Protesters Tore the Damn Thing Down (News)

I have been suffering from (HERPES) disease for the last eight years and had constant pain, especially in my knees. …

by Lisy Donald on Study: N.C. among 10 states with highest HIV infection, death rates (News)

Mob rule is never the way to go. The Stalinists who did this make all people on the left (and …

by Lewis Beale on After Decades of Calling for Silent Sam to Go, Protesters Tore the Damn Thing Down (News)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation