A couple who went to visit their daughter and soldier son-in-law at the military base where they live were turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency by the Army, according to another daughter of the couple.
Silva Perla described the incident at Fort Drum military base in Upstate New York, on a GoFundMe page she created to help her parents. “As we’ve visited my brother-in-law and sister many times before in other military bases we showed our valid IDs and this 4th of July was different. The military police came and arrested my parents and called The Border Patrol,” said Perla.
The Washington Post reports the Brooklyn residents, Margarito Silva, 60, and Concepción Barrios, 50, have New York City-issued identification cards, which are available to New Yorkers regardless of immigration status.
Perla says her parents are elderly and have both recently undergone surgery. Her post claims Barrios was not allowed by a nurse to take her daily heart medications. She goes on to say her family hasn’t heard from their father.
The family and attorneys held a news conference on Wednesday to speak about the situation.