Bill Montgomery's Shame: Mom Risks Deportation Because of MCAO Felony
If she were to leave, Ivon explains, Luis would remain behind.
"He would have to stay and work," she said. "Because we have nothing."
Today, the human rights group Puente rallied at Phoenix's ICE headquarters to request that Ivon be allowed to stay. Puente produced the video above of Ivon telling her story.
The group also has a petition you can sign, asking ICE to let her to remain in the country.
Ivon had heard about the controversy over Montgomery's charging practices, of how the MCAO hits undocumented workers with felonies, while giving college kids a slap on the wrist when they commit the same crime.
"I see, on TV, that some people, they use a false ID to buy alcohol," she said. "And they just give them a misdemeanor. I can't understand why. They were doing bad stuff. I was just working."
I can't understand why either. Nor do I understand why ICE continues to take tainted cases from Maricopa County, where Arpaio is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for racial profiling.
One arm of the government remains indifferent to what the other arm is up to. Or so it seems.
Meanwhile, Arpaio raids establishments we all patronize, places where food is prepared or brought to us by people such as Ivon.
ICE had no comment as of Monday, but my understanding is that the case is under review.
We are a better society, a better country, a better state and county, with Ivon and Luis and Zurisadai here with us.
Give the undocumented a way to get right with the law, and they will. Allow them to work legally, and they will. Let them apply for driver's licenses and require them to get auto insurance, and they will.
In the interim, stop the deportations of folks like Ivon. End Arpaio's raids, and shut down Montgomery's discriminatory charging practices.
This madness has to end. We must make it end. It's the least we can do for the people who feed us.