NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - Less than a week ago Concepción and Margarito Silva were locked up in an immigration detention center and unsure of their fate. Then on Thursday, they spoke out from the church they attend in Brooklyn.
Through an interpreter, Concepción Silva said she does not feel good about what happened to them. She said the ordeal changed them and that life will not be the same.
The couple was just released on Monday after 19 days at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in western New York. It all started on July 4th when they went to visit their daughter and son-in-law, who is a sergeant at Fort Drum, an Army base. The Silvas are undocumented immigrants who have lived in New York for more than 20 years.
Margarito Silva thanked the community for supporting them and thanked God, too.
These grandparents, originally from Mexico, paid a $20,000 bond to be released. They wanted to publicly thank all those who made it possible by contributing to a GoFundMe campaign started by their daughter, Perla.
"We were all just very pleased and thankful that there were so many people," Perla said. "It wasn't just about the amount—it was the sharing our story and hearing us and they were able to help us come up with $20,000."
The Silvas are still at risk of being deported. They are now waiting for a date for their case to be heard. The family has put in a request to have their hearing in New York City and not upstate New York.