"On a spring morning in 2010, Leticia dropped two of her children at
their Escondido school and continued on to run errands with her
4-year-old daughter. Before long, she was stopped at a police
checkpoint. According to retired San Diego police officer Carlos Ronquillo, who
witnessed the incident, Escondido Police were conducting a DUI
checkpoint at 9:30 in the morning. Because she did not have a driver’s license, Leticia (not her real
name) was suspected of being an undocumented immigrant and officials
with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were notified. Ronquillo watched as Leticia was handcuffed and separated from her 4
year old, a U.S. citizen. Within hours, the 34-year-old mother of four
was taken to an immigration holding facility, processed, and deported to
Tijuana. After living in Escondido for more than 10 years, Leticia was
separated from her four children for the first time. Critics say Escondido used the state-financed DUI checkpoints mostly as a means to crack down on undocumented immigrants." - John Carlos Frey, Mar. 12, 2012.
I encountered a similar situation and my attorney helped me through this. I cannot believe that police officers would do such a thing, it is terrible and un-humane. What are these 4 children supposed to do without their mother, who lived 10 years in Escondido. I'm lost for words...