In the News
October 18, 2017
By Jermaine Ong
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A local single mother of two children is set to be deported, but some San Diego leaders are stepping up to defend her.
Silvia Ocampo Ortiz, an employed housekeeper, has two U.S.-citizen kids, including an 8-year-old with special needs.
10News learned Ocampo was permitted to stay in the U.S. to care for her child as long as she checked in with officials, however federal authorities made a decision Wednesday to deport her.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have not commented on the matter, but Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) condemned the decision.
"These parents have worked hard so they can provide their children with a better future, something that we all want. Targeting families with disabled children is heartless and cruel and does not represent the values of our great nation. In addition to the inhumanity of ripping loving, caring parents away from their children, it’s also fiscally stupid. Now these children, as U.S. citizens, will end up in our foster care system, which is already severely overburdened. It makes no sense and I urge everyone to call the Trump Administration out on this nonsense decision," Peters said.
Ocampo's union and San Diego-based Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher are scheduled to hold a rally for Ocampo at 10:30 a.m. in downtown San Diego.