Mother deported, family feels rights were violated

Santa Rosa

Jonathan Torres TMs is only 17-years-old, he said he is living his worst nightmare.

After being pulled over by Santa Rosa police for a traffic violation his mother Dora was deported.

"I TMm angry at the cop. There wasn TMt no need for him to call the Border Patrol. He could TMve just given her a ticket for the violation that she did," Torres said.

Santa Rosa Police Investigator Douglas Montgomery said he had no choice but to alert Border Patrol, after responding to a call for help.

On Thursday, police were notified Dora hit her brakes as another vehicle drove behind her along FM 506. "I activated my lights to conduct an investigative stop because the call originally said there was a 1-year-old in the vehicle that wasn't in a car seat," Montgomery said Police approached Dora and asked for her driver TMs license, insurance and registration. According to Montgomery, Dora only handed him insurance and registration, but did not present a driver TMs license.

"It TMs expired, do you have any other documentation? Are you here legally?, Montgomery asked.

Dora responded that she was in the U.S. illegally.

She was placed in the backseat of the police car, and he said he had no choice but to alert Border Patrol. "It TMs not our policy to go out and ask people randomly if you are a victim of a crime. Regardless of who you are, you come to us and we will handle that the best. If you are a victim of a crime, regardless if you are here legally or illegally, we are going to help you the best to our ability," Montgomery said. The family does not agree with how the situation was handled, but said they are going to have to deal with it.

"I TMm not going to have her here for the rest of my life, not for my graduation, Torres said. According to police, Dora was deported to Mexico.

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