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    Traffic Stop Lands 58 Year-Old Woman in Jail, Facing Deportation

    Written By Elizabeth Llorente
    Published January 18, 2012
    Fox News Latino

    She is hardly the dangerous criminal that Obama Administration officials say they are putting at the top of the list of people to deport, say immigration advocates.
    And so Maryland faith and community leaders want immigration officials to drop plans to deport Josefina Rodríguez-Vega, 58, who landed in the agency’s crosshairs after a traffic stop on Friday.
    Local police found that Rodríguez-Vega was driving without a license, according to a local ABC station.
    That brought Rodríguez-Vega to the attention of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, which has her in detention, according to a press release by CASA de Maryland, an organization that assists immigrants.
    “We continue to hope that ICE and [ICE head] John Morton will follow through on commitments to prioritize deportations of serious criminals, but are troubled that Baltimore ICE would deport a grandmother who poses no threat to this country,” said CASA Executive Director Gustavo Torres.
    Rodríguez-Vega’s relatives, community and religious leaders were planning a prayer vigil and rally Wednesday to urge ICE officials to reconsider her deportation, according to a CASA press release.
    CASA says that her case “raises questions regarding implementation of recent announcements from the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize deportations of serious criminals.”
    Last year, the Obama Administration announced that it planned to conduct a review of pending deportation cases in order to put at the top of the list cases involving people who had been involved in dangerous crimes or who posed a threat to national security.
    But it planned to roll out the new approach in phases, with pilot programs in various locations, including Baltimore. Non-priority immigrants in deportation proceedings are to receive a stay and could be eligible to obtain a work permit.
    Immigration advocates have been critical of the administration for its record number of deportations, reaching, according a recent Pew report, “an annual average of nearly 400,000 since 2009, about 30 percent higher than the annual average during the second term of the Bush administration and about double the annual average during George W. Bush’s first term.”

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    I may need another box of Kleenex for this story...............I don't think one will be enough to soak up all those tears!

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    Senior Member nomas's Avatar
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    Local police found that Rodríguez-Vega was driving without a license, according to a local ABC station.
    And if they dug a little deeper what other crimes would they find? Was there car insurance? Is this individual working? How many sets of ID does she have?

    If I'm not mistaken illegals can get a license in MD. So why didn't she have one? Is she so newly arrived that she hadn't gotten one yet? If that's the case, then Obozo's rules DO apply! Newly arrived are to be deported. Or could it be that if her name were entered into a computer it would bring on other hits? EG. she's wanted in another State?

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