In Lorain, Ohio, an illegal alien has been required to wear an ankle monitor or face deportation. Anabel Sanchez claims that she entered the United States illegally with her mother when she was 16 years old. She now has four children born in the United States, and has no other criminal records.
She told local news that she believes that federal immigration authorities are stepping up enforcement of immigration law, even against illegal aliens who have no record of violent crime.
“I feel like they want to send a message to the immigrant community because I’m not afraid. I’m not ashamed. I’m not a criminal,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez had eluded authorities until a 2013 traffic stop in nearby Sheffield Village. She did not have a valid drivers license. She said she was aware that this was illegal, but explained she needed to drive to work and take her children to school. Local police referred her to federal immigration authorities.
Last month, despite being left more or less unmolested by immigration authorities until then, Sanchez was called in by them to choose between deportation or wearing the ankle monitor.
Sanchez claims that she had applied long ago for legal residency status, but never heard back from the government. While she acknowledges that laws are meant to be followed, she complained that the immigration system is “broken”.
In Ohio, there are approximately 95,000 illegal immigrants. California leads the country in the number of illegal aliens. In the U.S. there are approximately 11 million illegal aliens, while there are 2.35 million in California.