He thinks, therefore she goes to jail

Yow. This (via here) is disgusting:

Recently, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office alleged Briseira Torres, a shy, 31-year-old single mom from Glendale, was here illegally and that Briseira Torres was not her real name.

She was accused of three counts of forgery, in part because her driver’s license had her real name on it, which the MCAO thought was bogus. Following her arrest, she was held without bond in Estrella Jail for 4 1/2 months.

Torres lost her home and car because she couldn’t make the payments as she endured Estrella’s harsh conditions, lousy food, and detention officers.

In the pile of paperwork they provided to the court, to the prosecutor, and to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was a silver bullet: a sworn statement from Arizona’s Office of Vital Records attesting to the legitimacy of documents on file for Torres.

Among these docs is Torres’ birth certificate, showing she was born August 14, 1981, in Avondale.

I hope they go after the department hard, especially this guy:

the MCAO’s lone witness, Detective Chris Oberly of the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General, told the grand jury this:

In 1999, Vital Records discovered that Torres’ birth certificate, in his words, had been “falsely created” by Torres’ mother and so the department “canceled it.”

This was not true, according to Vital Records. Torres’ birth certificate never was canceled and remains as valid as the day it was issued.

and the prosecutor as well:

The judge remarked that the documents on file with Vital Records had been “available to the state,” and in oral arguments, the prosecutor had to admit that he’d never bothered to pull the file and inspect it.

How did she get in jail?

Torres had applied for a passport for her daughter last March. As part of the application, she submitted a valid copy of her birth certificate, reissued by Vital Records.

On March 9, Torres was asked to go to a “satellite passport office,” located, curiously, at the federal courthouse downtown.

She was separated from her pal Diaz, who had accompanied her, and was questioned by six men, including Oberly and Matthew Kelley, a special agent with the State Department.

Oberly and the others told Torres her name was Brenda Gomez and that she had been born in Mexico.

“They said, ‘Your mom forged your birth certificate,'” Torres states. “I kept telling them no, that as far as I know, I’m a U.S. citizen.”

So, a US ciitzen applies for a passport with proof that she is a US citizen and goes to jail for 4 and a half months because some detective just knows she’s an illegal. Of course, this isn’t about race. It’s never about race.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. william wallace
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 11:12:08

    There being nothing worse to read such stories than
    being in similar situation /one experience injustice of
    the police the courts. It but leave one perplexed / yet
    one’s not angry as expected / but simply in disbelief
    that one had as believed in justice /yet one finding it
    t’was the opposite / police as the courts totally failing.

    Reply

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