Maid Brigade Busted

OC Register

SANTA ANA ? At least one Orange County Sheriff’s deputy is being investigated for reportedly turning over three women to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, potentially violating department policy and straining relations between Sheriff Mike Carona and [illegal] immigration advocates.

The women, who worked as housekeepers and were accused of theft, voluntarily returned to Mexico last week rather than face deportation. Dropped off in Tijuana, the women were divided from their families at a time when Carona is attempting to sell [illegal alien] activists on a plan to allow jailers and detectives to hand over serious felons in the U.S. illegally for deportation.

Under the proposed policy, patrol deputies wouldn’t have the power to call immigration enforcement officials from the field.

“That deputy was acting in accordance with federal law. I applaud that deputy,” said Evelyn Miller, a member of the Minutemen Project, an anti-illegal-immigration group.

Carona doesn’t see the incident as a setback but instead an opportunity to show the community that he is taking the matter seriously, Board added.

“The sheriff’s proposal is limited to jails and investigations, not patrol,” Board said.

Still, immigration advocates say the incident will hinder relations.

“This will have a chilling affect,” said Amin David of Los Amigos community group. “This is what we’ve been trying to prevent. If you come in contact with the Sheriff’s Department, you’re coming in contact with immigration authorities.”

Deputies went to a Rancho Santa Margarita home April 12 after a woman called to report a stolen purse and wallet. While deputies were there, Border Patrol officials showed up and the maids were taken into custody, Chacon said.

Sheriff’s officials said they do not know who called federal officials to the scene.

However, Kurstan Rosberg, a Border Patrol spokesman in San Diego, said agents were called by the Sheriff’s Department. Rosberg did not know which deputy made the call.

What happened that day appears to be against policy, Chacon said. Usually, deputies who encounter undocumented residents accused of crimes file a report that is forwarded to Border Patrol officials. Deputies would not be able to contact federal authorities without the approval of a supervising sergeant and a lieutenant, Board said.

The names of the women were not released, but Lucy Galan who supervises the trio at Maid Brigade in Irvine, identified them as Yolanda Gonzalez, Gloria Santacruz and Carmen Fernandez.

Galan said she showed up at the home and helped translate for the two deputies.

“‘I want IDs and green cards, too,’” Galan said the deputies told them.

She said she and the trio waited in the squad cars for a couple of hours while one of the deputies entered the home.

“Next thing I know, a white and green car showed up,” Galan said. “It was immigration.”

The trio is now together at a home in Tijuana, said Fernandez’s husband, Jesus.

Jesus Fernandez, a legal immigrant in Santa Ana, said he plans to pay someone to smuggle his wife back into the country within a week.

Santacruz’s husband, Oscar Torres, said his wife’s absence presents a financial and emotional burden for the family.

“We have a 6-year-old daughter who is really sad right now,” he said.

10 Responses to “Maid Brigade Busted”

  1. Harry L. Hughes Says:

    Turning over illegal aliens to the Border Patrol is standard procedure here in AZ. They are doing what we pay them to do. Enforce the law. Removing thieves who do not belong in this country is a positive thing. There should be no problem with that.

  2. nikki Says:

    Where do they get all of this money from? To get his wife back in this country can’t be cheap. I’m, really worried! Our laws only work if they are enforced.

  3. Sherri Says:

    So it’s okay to break the law, but not okay to enforce it? Yeah–that makes sense. As for this man Fernandez, if he’s openly admitting that he’s going to pay to have his wife smuggled back into the country, he should be deported.

  4. Carolus Says:

    My god what is this?!
    I thought America was a country of intelligence and common sence. I thought this type of s-t only took place in Europe.

  5. Eddie B. Says:

    Hey Carolus…. that’s sense not “sence” dummy. This is 6th ENGLISH, stupid. Go home. And unless you are a pure blood, native Indian, then you are probably of Spanish descent, therefore, you too are “European”. Stupid dummy.

    We are trying to avoid what is happening in Europe right now, especially in France where illegal immigrants are rioting. Get out of here and take all the people who are trespassing with you. By the way, you can keep your version of our anthem too, we don’t need it.

  6. jes Says:

    Eddie Eddie ” Get out of here and take all the people who are trespassing with you. By the way, you can keep your version of our anthem too, we don?t need it. “Are you running the country,I don’t think so. FREEDOM is whay we are all here for,don’t like create your own country somewhere else.Land Of The Free Is USA.

  7. jes Says:

    Sorry to all the Grammer Fools who like to correct others,and don’t correct themselfs.I was in a rush to Pick-up my kids form school.

  8. The Watchdog Says:

    Jes, you appear to be unraveling. I think you should to take a break from this website.

  9. Joseph Bolger Says:

    See this is what grinds my gears…they feel so confident that our government lacks the resolve to do anything about their lawlessness that he can arrogantly say that he will smuggle his wife back over the border…like it’s paying a fine for a parking ticket…our current laws are crap and they know it…thats why they fear this new law, and I like it.

  10. Terri Says:

    Ok, here we go again, the fact is, its not about what is right and wrong what is legal or illegal its all out MONEY!!!!! We voted these buttwipes into office now its time to VOTE THEM OUT!!!
    And people c’mon if you misspell so what. Give em a break. I still can read what they wrote. Duh!

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