Undocumented mother of three shows up to pay traffic fine, thrown in jail instead.

By |2018-07-25T11:09:15-09:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |8 Comments

Is it any wonder these people do not trust the authorities? 

Courtesy of Miami New Times

Maria, an undocumented, 24-year-old mother of three from Guatemala, showed up at the Martin County Jail earlier this year to voluntarily pay a $150 traffic fine.

Instead, she wound up handcuffed and thrown into jail. And even though she paid a $750 bond to leave the facility, Martin County jail officials kept her money and kept her behind bars until Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrived and took her away. Now she’s stuck in a cell at the Broward Transitional Center, a privately run Pompano Beach detention center for “low-level” detainees being deported despite having either committed low-level, nonviolent offenses like traffic violations or no crimes whatsoever.

She gets to see her children only once a week. And she told New Times in a phone call from the detention center that one of her children, who is 9 years old, was at one point held in federal custody. The child was so traumatized by the experience that she now fears even visiting her mother and possibly being detained again.

“They give me 60 to 90 minutes one time a week with my kids,” Maria told New Times. “Imagine. I am their mother! That is very little time. They cry. They sob. ‘Mami, vamos,’ they say. The 9-year-old is scared she will be detained. She comes to visit me, but she is waiting to be arrested. She says ‘Mami, I don’t want to go back into detention.'”

Maria, not her real name, may end up being reported, not because she did anything wrong, but because she was trying to do the right thing and pay a fine. 

Donald Trump calls these people “criminals,” just for crossing the border, but in reality, the vast majority of them are hard-working people simply looking for a better life. 

This is just not right. 

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  2. Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 6:32 am

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    “We are not the superpower because we have the largest military on earth or because we have the strongest economy in the world,” said Carter. “We should be a superpower because we espouse things that are important to everyone on earth and I think human rights are one of them.”


    • Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 8:01 am

      It is a little hard to tell other countries to stop human rights abuses when “you” are committing them everyday. Of course trump and his administration don’t care about humans, they only care about themselves and making more money.

  3. Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Protesting Swedish Airline Passenger Refuses To Sit, Halting Migrant’s Deportation
    The woman livestreamed video of her one-person protest, and the Afghan man was taken off the flight.

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    OT: playboy
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  5. anon July 25, 2018 at 7:54 am

    “America is not an actuality> But it’s a potentiality”

  6. anon July 25, 2018 at 9:57 am


    ‘“Think about this, Ali,” co-host Stephanie Ruhle said. “All of those children are in U.S. custody without parents.”

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