Activists Rally Around Kareli Barerra, Long Beach Immigrant Scheduled for Deportation After Shoplifting
A clothing store employee in Long Beach called the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) on Kareli Barrera last Monday. They arrested the woman on suspicion of shoplifting. Nervously, she gave deputies a false name as she's an undocumented immigrant.
Kareli and family
Later that night, they booked and jailed Barrera for the misdemeanor offenses. When she went before a judge, she pleaded no contest to petty theft, but instead of being released, the mother of an American citizen remained detained at Lakewood Sheriff's Station until being transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) early Monday morning.
The move angered activists, stating she should've been protected by California's TRUST Act, a law that is supposed to command local police agencies to tell la migra to fuck off when it comes to immigrants arrested for non-violent crimes.More »