Video Shows Pain of Five U.S. Citizens in Phoenix as Mom, Undocumented, Remains in Detention

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Image: Puente Arizona's YouTube video
Jennifer Medrano, 16, a Carl Hayden High School student, asks viewers in a video posted today to help free her mother, an undocumented immigrant and mother of five U.S. citizens.
A video posted on YouTube this morning shows the pain of five U.S.-citizen children are feeling because their undocumented mom was arrested six months ago.

We dare you to watch the video (see below) and not be moved by the tears and pleas of these kids, two of whom go to Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix.

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Image: YouTube
Medrano family portrait.
Their mother, Bertha Alicia Avila Medrano, was arrested while driving her three daughters to a family baptism in California six months, according to Puente Arizona, the activist group that posted the video.

We left a message for Carlos Garcia at Puente to get more info, but haven't heard back yet. Also put in an email to ICE to find out how Medrano was arrested and why she's been detained. Our guess: If she was driving to California, she might have gotten picked up in an immigration checkpoint, and if she's been detained for half a year, it's probably because she's fighting deportation.

"I don't have my mom!" Jennifer Medrano, 16, says in the video, failing to hold back her tears after her and her brother talk about their impressive school achievements -- which are due in part because of their caring, involved mother.

The kids' father is also in the video, speaking only Spanish. At the end of the video, viewers are asked to call ICE's director, John Morton, and ask for Medrano's release. (The video also states that Medrano has an a.k.a. -- Teresa Rojas Aguila.)

Whatever the circumstances, the negative impact of immigration enforcement on some U.S. citizens can't be ignored.

UPDATE -- May 28 -- In response to a request for a comment about the Medrano case, ICE spokeswoman Amber Cargile got back to us today. All ICE can say right now, Cargile says, is that Medrano has been "removed" from the country twice before, with the most recent removal related to a misdemeanor conviction for illegal re-entry.



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18 comments
LSmith123
LSmith123

Sometimes lying, committing crimes, and/or ignoring laws that you don't like/don't believe should apply to you, can have adverse consequences. 

azweasel
azweasel

Too bad the law does not apply to politicians and law enforcement.

don.dodondo
don.dodondo

She is a criminal and she is being punished for her crime.  That is all there is to it.  I am sure there are plenty of families out there who are upset because a parent is currently serving time for a crime, why doesn't the New Times report on them?  I guess it just doesn't fit with their liberal agenda.

logicman
logicman

Has she been in the US for 16 years at least?  Has she been working on gaining citizenship?  If not, I have no sympathy.  Yes that sucks for the kids.     

mariospants
mariospants

Is the heartbreak these kids are experiencing the disproportionate response by federal law enforcment or irrationality of creating a family in a country where you are an undocumented alien? The mom had an alias, and obviously feared that one day she would get caught, so she has done her family wrong in that respect, but wherein it concerns an established family where the kids are born in the U.S. (hopefuly properly documented as American-born citizens) and the family has assimilated and become a law-abiding member of society, the federal response should be tempered and the mother left on her own recognizance as they determine her fate. After all, the family obviously is not going to flee the country.

DNichols
DNichols

Since the January 2008 start of the Hitleresque I.C.E. Round ups, Deportation, and Incarceration Programs:

Over One Hundred un-documented Immigrants have Died in I.C.E. Custody.

Over Five Thousand Legal U.S. Citizen Children of un-documented Immigrants are now in U.S. Foster Care.

Over Thirteen Thousand un-documented Immigrants have been Incarcerated for years with out even charges.

Over Forty-two Thousand undocumented Immigrants now lay Dead at the Harsh U.S. Mexico Border where I.C.E. Deported/Mass Dumped Hundreds of Thousands of "Human Beings" into a "Known Drug War" with nothing, not even water, to be Killed or to Die of the Harsh Elements in the Desert.

Adolph Hitler, ans his S.S. thought what they were doing to Jews was "Enforcing thier Laws" Too.

"America is great because it is good, when it ceases to be good, it ceases to be great."

Alex De Tocqueville

A very wise 1840's French Historian.

This Great Nation of Immigrants was Built on Far Better Principles, and Values than to Rip Parents away from thier Legal Citizen Children.

We must act as Americans.

We must Choose the Right thing to do based on who we are.

We wasted Hundreds of Billions of Dollars to Free People in Iraq even though they mostly Hate us.

Can we not treat Human Beings amoung us who's only Crime is wanting to be in the Greatest Nation on Earth simply as Human Beings?!  With "Human Rights?!

To : Good, and Brotherhood.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Laws are made to be ignored.  I'm sure that failure to provide ID or Driving while Suspended laws, which is most likely what she was initially arrested for, should be overlooked when it negatively impacts the family of the offender.  No one should have to provide ID or have a valid Drivers License in order to drive...to think otherwise is unconstitutional! 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Now show us the crying children of a mother arrested for shoplifting.

Enforcing the law is often painful for the innocent family members.

Our immigration and enforcement policies need to be reformed, but we need to do so with our rational brains, not our bleeding hearts.


yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@truthseekeraz You are right.  Parents need to think of the consequences of their actions and how those consequences will affect their children prior to making stupid decisions.

There is a lack of personal accountability  in America, which is shameful.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  Wanting to be in "the Greatest Nation on Earth" is not a crime at all.

Crossing the border illegally is, of course, as is whatever it is that they did that caused them to come to the attention of the authorities, such as identity theft or driving without a license.

There should be a path to citizenship for illegals who can document that they've been here for a specified number of years, have jobs (ie, are not on the public dole) or are progressing in school, and who speak English.  But we need to ensure that such a path to citizenship won't draw even more to cross the border illegally.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@DNichols Look out your bathroom window.  Are they peering back at you at this very moment from that black helicopter in the sky?

don.dodondo
don.dodondo

@yourproductsucks Right, we shouldn't even have to have driver's licenses.  Anyone who wants to should be able to get behind the wheel whenever they want.  Its in the constitution! LOL

DNichols
DNichols

Wouln't it be nice if We Americans had both "Rational Brains, and Hearts"?

Then we could figure out the right thing for America to do about the extremely complex Immigration situation we now face?!

To: Good.

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