Grandmother deported for voter fraud leaves U.S. in tears

Grandmother deported for voter fraud leaves U.S. in tears
Margarita Fitzpatrick (Image: NBC News video screen grab)

[Ed. – If you read the entire NBC News story — and you are urged to — you learn that the network’s headline is oddly misleading. The woman claims that she applied for a driver’s licence, the clerk asked ‘if she wanted to register to vote.’ It was nevertheless her responsibility to learn the laws of the land for herself.]

As she held her two-week-old grandson, Margarita Fitzpatrick prepared for a family dinner she’d never forget.

Then she cried.

“Leaving them behind is heartbreaking,” she said. “There are no words to describe (it).”

The dinner at her daughter’s home would be her last in the country she loved.

In just hours, Fitzpatrick would have to board a plane to her native Peru at the order of immigration officials. Her legal options had been exhausted. Ten long years of court battles had come to this.

She was being deported.

“I cannot process it,” she said, choking back tears.

Without much evidence, President Donald Trump has often referred to millions of people voting illegally in this country. Fitzpatrick now admits she did cast two ballots improperly — but she insists it was not intentional.

Her story is one that stretches over three presidential administrations: those of Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

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