The Ten-Minute Activist has acted on behalf of Rosa Ortega before. Ms. Ortega is a Mexican-born woman, a legal resident, who has lived in this country since infancy. She registered to vote in an election out of ignorance that citizenship was a requirement and subsequently voted. She was arrested and sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment followed by deportation after aggressive prosecution by a DA determined to flex muscle and use her as a scapegoat. She is not the only one to suffer from this harsh and disproportionate punishment as she has four minor American-born children who were deprived of their mother. Thanks to pro bono legal counsel, she has since been released on bail pending an appeal, but she remains at risk of imprisonment and deportation.
There is a press conference being held today (11/1) outside Senator Cornyn’s Houston office, hosted by Service Employees International Union of Texas, to publicize her plight and to prevail upon Senator John Cornyn, ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan, and DHS Director Elaine Duke to work together to administratively close Ms. Ortega’s case and prevent her imprisonment and deportation.
Call Senator Cornyn to say you support what SEIU are asking for at today’s press conference: free Rosa Ortega, close her case, and let her go home to her American children. Call: (202) 224-2934 or (713) 572-3337.
Also: Read about Rosa Maria Hernandez and sign the petition.