The catalogue of small abominations dragging this “Brave New America” into the abyss continues to grow. The latest in the growing list are the recent ICE raids which have begun in many cities and an exemplary sentence in a voting fraud case.
The latter relates to the case of Rosa Maria Ortega, a 37-year-old Hispanic woman from Texas. The mother of four is a legal resident and green card holder; she obtained permanent residence after being brought to the US as an infant by her parents from Mexico.
Ortega was arrested for voting in the 2012 election. After a summary trial, a Fort Worth judge sentenced her to eight years in prison. The custody of her underage children is unclear. After her eight-year sentence, Ortega will be deported to Mexico, a country she has never lived in and does not know. All this because she registered to vote after receiving registration forms in the mail..
Ortega, who only attended elementary school, claimed she was not aware that enrollment on the voting lists was reserved for citizens. Her explanation did not convince the prosecutor, who asked for an exemplary punishment for voter fraud.