Rally Held Asking Lawmakers To Allow Undocumented Immigrant To Return To Lexington

Jul 26, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Speaking in both Spanish and English, family and friends of Ceferino Santiago chanted on the courthouse lawn, marched with signs and called lawmakers…they are asking Representatives Andy Barr and John Yarmuth and the Obama Administration to grant discretion and allow him and eight others being detained in Arizona to re-enter the United States.

The Santiago’s have been in Lexington for more than seven year.  Some are legal… some undocumented and others have obtained their U.S. citizenship.   Ceferino was 13 when his family moved to the Bluegrass.  He graduated from Lafayette High School and had plans of a future in America when a need for ear surgery forced him to return to Mexico for surgery.  He had been gone for more than a year and when he tried to cross the border this past Monday when he was detained.   

Family friend Felice Salmon attended the vigil and says current laws are keeping families like the Santiago’s apart and wants to see immigration reform.

Santiago and the others crossed the border knowing they would be detained in hopes of drawing attention to the proposed Federal Dream Act.  If enacted…it would provide a path to legalization for young immigrants brought into the country illegally. 

The Santiago family and supporters rally to have family member returned to the U.S.
The Santiago family and supporters rally to have family member returned to the U.S.

Pedro Santiago hopes his brother can return to Lexington.
Pedro Santiago hopes his brother can return to Lexington.