The great state of Texas sent a strong message to illegal aliens who cast their votes in U.S. elections when 37-year-old Rosa Maria Ortega was given an 8-year prison sentence and $5,000 fine for voting illegally in multiple elections. The Grand Prairie woman has now offered an unbelievable excuse for her behavior.
Rosa Maria Ortega at the Tarrant County jail (left, Credit: Star-Telegram), Ortega is sentenced to eight years plus a $5,000 fine for voting illegally (right, Credit: Conservative Post)
Ortega was born in Monterrey, Mexico, where she is a legal resident. However, her mother brought her to the United States illegally when she was an infant. More than a decade later, her mother was deported, but Ortega stayed in the U.S.
Rosa Maria Ortega sits inside her Dallas attorney’s office (Credit: News21)
In an interview with Fox News, Ortega claimed she was being made an example of. “They could have done this to someone else, that really did something wrong, that really did a crime,” she said. “Just to be an example. It’s just not fair.”
Apparently, she doesn’t believe she “really did a crime.” However, the law is clear, and Ortega was in direct violation of it when she voted in five elections.
She’s also clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed. After being arrested in 2015, she actually testified that she did not know the difference between a legal residency and a citizenship. Whether Ortega is truly that glib or simply trying to talk her way out of some very serious consequences, the world may never know.
“If I knew, everything would have been done the correct way,” Ortega said. “All my life I was taught I was a U.S. citizen.”
The fact that Ortega attempted to register to vote twice in Tarrant County and was denied both times, ultimately tipping authorities off as to her identity, would suggest she was given every indication that she was not, in fact, doing things “the correct way.”
Ortega also checked a box on her driver’s license form indicating that she was not a U.S. citizen, according to state attorneys.
Further calling into question her credibility, Ortega told investigators that she did try to become a citizen. However, the assistant attorney general said she never pursued the citizenship process.
“This is a big deal,” said Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Harry White, who prosecuted Ortega’s case. “People insist this kind of thing doesn’t happen, but it’s happening right here at home. The principle of one citizen, one vote is one of our most fundamental rights as U.S. citizens, and must be protected.”
Rosa Maria Ortega learns she will spend the next 8 years behind bars for voting illegally in five U.S. elections (Credit: NBC 5)
Illegally voting is considered a second-degree felony and punishable by up to twenty years in prison, so frankly, Ortega should be thanking her lucky stars that she got off easy, not complaining to the media that she has been made “an example” of. It could have been much worse for her.
Indeed, it appears we are dealing with a woman who will say or do anything which she perceives to benefit her in the moment, whether or not she is telling the truth, whether or not she is following the law. Rosa Maria Ortega has shown that she has no intention of abiding by the laws of the United States or playing by our rules, thus, she has wound up behind bars.
After that, according to her own attorney, Ortega will be deported. “She’ll do eight years in a Texas prison,” said Clark Birdsall. “And then she’ll be deported, and wake up blinking and scratching in a country she doesn’t know.”