Beatriz del Carmen Morelos Barajas was in the United States illegally. The law says that she is subject to deportation. She would have known that. It’s a risk she took. The fact that she dropped four sprogs in the United States is irrelevant. They can go live with her in Mexico if they want.
The moment that would forever change the lives of Beatriz Morelos, her husband, and their four children came just after noon on July 23, as she drove from work to their home in Painesville, Ohio.
The 33-year-old mother of three girls and a boy was traveling along Interstate 77 when she failed to put an entire lane between her vehicle and an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser parked on the shoulder.
Trooper Scott Boyle of the Ohio Patrol, who had graduated from the academy just four months before, responded with a rookie’s zeal and pulled her over. He issued her summons #OHP280747072320171314 for violation of Section 4511.213 of state vehicular law, which requires motorists to “change lanes into a lane that is not adjacent to that of a stationary public safety vehicle.”
That would have been that, but Morelos was an undocumented immigrant. And in Ohio that meant she had been unable to obtain a driver’s license. Boyle arrested her for violation of Section 4510.12, which states that no person “shall operate any motor vehicle upon a public road or highway or any public or private property used by the public for purposes of vehicular travel or parking in this state unless the person has a valid driver’s license.”
At 1:15 p.m. the following day, Morelos appeared in Painesville Municipal Court. She pleaded guilty to both charges and was fined $100, along with a list of other costs, including $5 for “legal research,” $15 in “sheriff fees,” and $8 for “special projects.” The total came to $250, and she would have only needed to pay it to return to the modest apartment complex where she lived with her family.
But a computer check had shown that she had been detained in Nogales, Arizona, while illegally crossing the border from Mexico to the United States back in 2000. She had been returned to Mexico in 2001 but soon after had crossed the border again and eventually settled in Painesville. She married David Casillas, who is residing legally in the U.S. on a work visa. Their four children were all American born and are now aged 3 to 13.
For 16 years, Morelos and her husband had worked manual jobs that her lawyer, Elizabeth Ford, describes as tasks most Americans would not want to do. Her record shows no encounters with the police other than the traffic stop late last month.
None of that mattered. The Ohio authorities notified ICE, which took Morelos into custody. Morelos, who is also known as Beatriz del Carmen Morelos Barajas, was lodged in the ICE holding facility at the Seneca County jail in Tiffin, Ohio, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Painesville.
“On July 24, Beatriz del Carmen Morelos Barajas, an illegally present citizen of Mexico, was arrested by U.S. immigration authorities, following her local arrest in Paynesville, Ohio,” ICE reported in a statement. “Morelos was previously removed from the United States in 2001. ICE has reinstated her previously issued final order of removal, and she will remain in agency custody pending removal from the U.S.”
The reinstatement of the 2001 order meant Morelos would be deported without any further legal proceedings.
“No judge, no case heard,” the attorney, Ford, said.
To make her plight a total nightmare, Morelos was slated to be sent across the border at Nuevo Laredo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The area is so dangerous that the U.S. State Department has posted an advisory against venturing there.
The nice Mexican lady is back in Mexico, where her husband drove to be with her. The rest of the long propaganda piece at the Daily Beast provides details about how dangerous and horrible Mexico is. Why, it’s downright mean of America to send these poor innocent moms back. That’s the propaganda spiel anyway.
Since Beatriz is a nice lady maybe she can work in Mexico toward stopping the crime and violence. In other words, maybe she can:
MAKE MEXICO GREAT AGAIN!