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Family, friends try to stop deportation of Utah mother of five

By Geoff Liesik | Posted - Apr 3rd, 2013 @ 8:20pm


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OREM — A Utah County woman with five young children is scheduled to be deported to Mexico next week. Her supporters are trying to stop that from happening and met with representatives from Utah's congressional delegation Wednesday.

There was no shortage of emotion from the people who are trying to keep Brenda Guzman in the United States. Guzman's five children are all under the age of seven and don't know when they'll see their mom again.

"The system is going to separate this family," said Raymi Gutierrez from the Salt Lake Dream Team. "We feel the pain and we want to share that with the community to know what these families are going through."


The system is going to separate this family. We feel the pain and we want to share that with the community to know what these families are going through.

–Raymi Gutierrez


Guzman came to the U.S. illegally with her family when she was six. In July, she pleaded guilty to trying to use a bogus Social Security card to get a payday loan. Because of that guilty plea she is expected to be deported next week, even though her supporters say she was complying with the terms of her probation.

Court records tell a different story, showing that a warrant was issued earlier this year after Guzman failed to go to court.

Gutierrez wouldn't comment on whether or not Guzman was complying with court orders, but her organization and others have launched an online petition seeking to stop Guzman's deportation. They are also calling on Utah's congressional delegation to prevent families like Guzman's from being torn apart.

"These are members of our community, that, this is happening right now and that immigration and customs enforcement, their actions, their tactics are unfair, unjust and it needs to be changed," Gutierrez said.

Guzman's supporters claim she was tricked by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer into signing deportation documents. ICE officals say that because of Guzman's criminal behavior the agency didn't need her to sign anything to deport her, so there was no need for deception.

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