In a Tuesday morning news conference, supporters and advocates said the death of Selena Hidalgo-Calderón could have been prevented.
Selena was reported missing last month along with her 14-month-old son Owen. Selena’s body was found days later in a wooded area off Joy Road in Sodus, Wayne County. We’re told she had been left wrapped in a plastic bag. Baby Owen still has not been found.
Selena’s boyfriend Alberto Reyes is facing charges in the case for hiding her body but hasn’t been charged with her death.
Speaking Tuesday, advocates from The Worker Justice Center of New York said the sheriff’s office was still waiting on a medical examiner’s report before bringing any further charges against Reyes. But, at the same time, they say better immigration laws could have made a difference in this case.
“Unfortunately, violence has no borders and is everywhere, and our friends are the victims of violence,” said Rebecca Fuentes, The Worker Center.
Advocates say current immigration law and policy disincentivizes undocumented workers from contacting police.
Advocates say Selena tried to seek help and move out of Reyes’ home, but it never happened.
“To honor Selena, I think we need to talk about what it is to have communities of immigrants who are living in shadows, but at the same time are contributing so much,” said Carly Fox, The Workers Center.
The group is calling for reform to immigration laws. They say there needs to be a better system to allow immigrants to come to the U.S. to work.
Monday, Reyes appeared in court to answer immigration charges. Again, at this time, he hasn’t been charged with Selena’s death, only tampering with evidence. As for her son, Owen remains missing; crews wrapped up a search at the farm off Joy Road on Sunday.