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    Deported grandmother had immigration, criminal history (SDUT Front Page)

    This story is at the top of the front page of the San Diego Union Tribune.

    Deported grandmother had immigration, criminal history




    Clarissa Arredondo is the grandmother of a military veteran’s family whose deportation last week made national news. Now, immigration officials say Arredondo had been deported before, and had a felony conviction in a
    welfare fraud case.



    Kate Morrissey Contact Reporter


    When the grandmother of a Mira Mesa military veteran’s family was sent back to Mexico last week, her devastated family members focused on her central role helping raise two small children whose father is serving as a contractor in Afghanistan.

    More details of her deportation came out this week, as immigration officials offered details of a felony welfare fraud conviction against the woman, Clarissa Arredondo, and disclosed that she had
    previously been deported.

    Arredondo, 43, was removed to Tijuana on Friday after being detained on Valentine’s Day. Her story was featured in The San Diego Union-Tribune on Sunday and became national news. Her daughter is married to a Navy veteran, and they have daughters, 2 and 3.


    Hers is one of many cases arising across the nation as supporters and detractors of President Donald Trump seek to understand his administration’s new immigration enforcement priorities and practices.


    Arredondo was previously removed from the U.S. in 2005, according to Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


    Mack said that Arredondo tried to enter the United States at the Otay Mesa port of entry in 2005. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers determined that Arredondo did not have authorization to enter the United States, and they sent her back to Mexico.


    Mack said that border officials at that time used a process called “expedited removal,” which allowed them to determine that Arredondo was not admissible to the country without letting her see a judge.

    Because that order was still on her record, when immigration officials targeted her last month, they were able to remove her again without giving her a hearing with an immigration judge.


    Arredondo was targeted “based on her immigration and criminal history,” Mack said.

    Trump has called for increased use of expedited removal in his recently signed executive orders ramping up immigration enforcement both at the border and inside the U.S.

    Bardis Vakili, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego, said he found the use of the expedited process in Arredondo’s case troubling.

    “Any time we hear that a longtime member of our community has been ripped from her family and deported without seeing a judge, we are going to be concerned,” Vakili said in an emailed statement. “In our report ‘Discharged, Then Discarded,’ we have already documented ICE’s utter disregard for the sanctity of military families, and this incident just continues the agency’s pattern of terrorizing patriotic immigrant communities.”


    In the Union-Tribune’s original story, family members said they were told by immigration officials of a long-ago case of welfare fraud, although without any details. They said they were unaware of that history. The family members declined to comment for this story, and Arredondo could not be reached.

    ICE officials did not provide any information about Arredondo’s immigration history for the initial story. Even with no mention of the previous deportation, many readers were unsympathetic to Arredondo's plight.

    “In the country illegally and lied in order to get welfare benefits? No tears from me,” Josh Hutton of San Diego said on Facebook. “We can't be told that people in the country are working and paying taxes and contributing to the economy, then be given a story like this. How many people are illegally collecting welfare and haven't gotten caught?”


    Todd Johnson wrote that San Diegans care about military veteran families but “law is law and wrong is wrong.”


    The Union-Tribune was initially unable to find records of the welfare case because of a misspelling in the court records. ICE provided information that helped the newspaper find the case.


    Based on records at San Diego Superior Court, Arredondo took a plea deal after being charged with misrepresenting her income level to obtain food stamps and cash assistance for her children between May 2001 and March 2003.


    Arredondo pleaded guilty to the felony. She apparently paid $6,633 in restitution and served five years on probation.

    According to terms of her plea deal, she was permitted to petition the court to reduce the conviction to a misdemeanor.

    There were no documents indicating that she did so. ICE’s records indicate that the conviction remains a felony.


    According to the initial documents filed by Cynthia Stewart, a public assistance fraud investigator, “less assistance would have been paid had it been known that the representations were false.”


    Arredondo worked several cleaning jobs to take care of her three children as a single parent, according to her daughter, Adriana Aparicio.


    Ev Meade, director of the Transborder Institute at the University of San Diego, said he believes people are being deported under the Trump administration who would not have been deported under former President Barack Obama — although it’s hard to tell. He said that the Department of Homeland Security has a history of not being very transparent, making it difficult to know how enforcement now differs from enforcement under previous administrations.


    “We don’t often understand what the government is doing with regard to immigration because we don’t have the information that we need to make an assessment of it,” Meade said. “Since it’s behind closed doors, people can choose to believe whatever they want about it, and you can find an echo chamber for all of the wildest myths about immigration that anyone can cook up.”

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    It doesn't matter if you understand what the government is doing and how to compare Obama's immigration enforcement policy to Trump.

    The only thing you need to understand is Donald Trump is President and all persons illegally in the U.S. Are subject to deportation.

    Here 2 days, 5 months, 10 years, 2 decades, have 2, 3 or 10 kids, does not exempt you from deportation nor does being a so called 'good person' working hard just to support your children.
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    The title of this article is purposely misleading in the hope of gaining sympathy for the family. The so-called "military family" has no one actively serving in the military. The family ceased being a military family when the member was discharged.

    I guess this misleading article title could also be called fake.
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    This front page headline is very clear and accurate.
    She is a criminal.


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    More WELFARE FRAUD...how many more MILLIONS of illegals collecting benefits due to fraud and stolen identities?

    DEPORT THEM ALL!!!

    Just think of the Billions of Dollars each State would save on their budgets to terminate all of them off our benefits! Money that should be used to build affordable housing for the homeless, money for our homeless Veteran's and our Senior's who cannot make ends meet.

    We need to vote out each and every one of those Mayor's and Governor's who refuse to crack down on illegal aliens and get them deported out of here pronto.
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    Grandma and 'backbone' of veteran's family deported to Mexico - NY ...

    www.nydailynews.com/.../calif-mom-backbone-veteran-family-deported-mexico-article-...
    4 days ago - An undocumented California grandmother was deported to Mexico after ...
    lied on paperwork to receive welfare and that that offense happened ...
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    What is to understand?

    She is here illegally, she has had a good life through lying and cheating and now it's catching up to her.

    The news media acts as if these people are saints.

    They came here illegally, they knew they did. They lied, they cheated.

    Send them home.

    Actually, I think anyone caught on the border, should be turned around and sent home - then.

    Why wait?
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    Illegals don't understand why they should be deported because they cheated on welfare and are in the country illegally. This is the problem with illegal aliens. Don't understand anything about our country, have no concept of right and wrong, they are narcististic sociopaths with no conscience whatsoever, no empathy for the people whose jobs they stole, whose house they took, whose taxes they robbed, whose lives they destroyed. They have no shame, no remorse, no guilt. They are predators.
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    They absolutely have no respect for this country, it's laws, or it's people.

    Neither, it seems, does the news media

    Also, we have to admit a seemingly majority of our lawmakers, law enforcers, judicial officials have no respect either. If they did, they would have stopped this long ago.
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