Mexican US JOIN STOP Woman in IN 2016 Texas sentenced to 8 years in prison for Voter fraud Rosa Maria Ortega A Mexican citizen living in Texas was sentenced this week to eight years in prison for voting illegally in elections in 2012 and 2014 Rosa Maria Ortega 37 was found guilty Wednesday on two counts of illegal voting after she falsely claimed to be a United States citizen and voted at least five times between 2012 and 2014 A jury sentenced her Thursday to eight years in prison and a $5000 fine The Dallas News reported Ortega voted in the November 2012 election and May 2014 primary runoff in Dallas County According to Fox 4 News Ortega’s identity came into question after she tried to register to vote twice in Tarrant County Both applications were denied She had voted in five elections in Dallas before her registration was canceled in April 2015 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton – for whom Ortega voted in 2014 – assisted in the prosecution “This case shows how serious Texas is about keeping its elections secure and the outcome sends a message that violators of the state’s election law will be prosecuted to the fullest” he said According to the New York Times Ortega was born in Monterrey Mexico and brought to the US by her mother as an infant More than a decade later her mother was deported and Ortega became a permanent resident In her defense Ortega testified that she didn’t understand the differences between the rights granted to citizens and the rights granted to legal residents “My mom just used us to get stamps She never gave us love or guidance She got deported” she said according to Fox 4 All my life since I worked I always on my knowledge thought I was a US citizen because I never knew the difference of US citizen and US resident And the point is if I knew everything would've been the correct way The Dallas News reported that prosecutors showed that Ortega has checked a box on her driver’s license form indicating she was not a citizen However the Dallas County election administrator said Ortega had filled out a voter application and checked that she was a citizen in 2015 Voter fraud became a hot topic after President Trump made an unsubstantiated claim that he would have won the popular vote if millions had not voted illegally In addition to the long prison sentence Ortega is likely to be deported her lawyer Clark Birdsall said She'll do eight years in a Texas prison he told the Times And then she'll be deported and wake up blinking and scratching in a country she doesn't know – Fox News Meme


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