Goleta passes resolutions in support of deported grandmother who has a son in the military

Goleta City Council passes resolutions in support of deported grandmother

GOLETA, Calif. - It's been almost 3 months since Juana Flores was deported.

The Goleta grandmother left 16 grandchildren and 10 children behind in Santa Barbara County.

One of her sons is a member of the Air Force, based in Texas.

Flores and her son inspired Rep. Salud Carbajal to introduce H.R. 1871-Protect Patriot Parents Act.

On Tuesday Goleta City Council members unanimously passed a resolution in the support of the bill.

The council also passed a resolution to send a message to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement known as ICE.

Attorney Kraig Rice credits retired Judge Frank Ochoa for pursuing city resolutions.

Rice said the resolutions will send a message that Goleta wants this mother and grandmother and churchgoer to come home.

"I think the message to ICE and the administration is we are not going to stop, we have a lot of people who are supporting this at the community level."

Flores 14-year-old granddaughter Andrea Gomez said her grandmother was excited to get the news.

" Right now, I am feeling good because of the progress we are making and all the effort we are putting into it," said the teen.

She said the family wants her to come home in the proper way.

The Santa Barbara City Council is being asked to pass the resolutions next.

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