Ruth Montaño’s son says the only time his mother broke a promise to him was the day she got arrested.
“She said that she was going to buy us new shoes, but she was in jail so she couldn’t,” he tells Cuéntame in a new video about Montaño’s case.
Montaño, a 38-year-old farmworker who lives in the town of Bakersfield outside Los Angeles, faces the threat of deportation after getting arrested on New Year's Eve over a call for a noise complaint about her barking dogs.
Half a dozen cop cars showed up to deal with the complaint. An altercation ensued when the police asked for Montaño’s driver’s license, with Montaño saying one of the cops rough-handled her. The police report says Montaño got upset and kicked a deputy, which she denies, according to Bakersfield Eyewitness News.
The Obama administration has deported more immigrants than any U.S. president, hitting a total of more than 400,000 people last year. Critics accuse Obama of funneling undocumented immigrants into deportation proceedings indiscriminately.
Hear Montaño tell her story in the video above.