Thursday, February 28, 2013

Facing Deportation After Arrest for Barking Dogs

From Huffington Post:

Sounds like this may be a case for prosecutorial discretion.

A woman is facing deportation proceedings after getting arrested over complaints that her dogs were barking too loudly, California daily La Opinión reports.

Ruth Montaño, a Mexican immigrant living in the town of Bakersfield outside Los Angeles, returned home on New Year’s eve with her three children after going shopping for dinner to find police at her door.

Montaño, a 38-year-old farmworker who has lived in the United States for 14 years, says the police scolded her for not knowing how to speak English, La Opinión reports.

An altercation ensued when the police asked for her driver’s license, with Montaño saying one of the cops rough-handled her. The police report says Montaño get upset and kicked a deputy, which she denies, according to Bakersfield Eyewitness News. She was charged with a misdemeanor for resisting arrest and an infraction for having an animal that makes too much noise, the news report says.

“I begged him not, crying, not to arrest me, not to separate me from my children,” Montaño told La Opinión.

She spent a week in Bakersfield county jail, where she was slapped with an immigration detainer and moved to a detention center for two days in California City. Read more...


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