Woman in federal custody after DPS stop

McALLEN, TEXAS (KRGV) - The family of a La Joya woman is still waiting for her release from federal custody. She was detained following a traffic stop by DPS troopers Monday.

Isabel Barbosa Salazar was driving on Military Highway near International Parkway in McAllen when a state trooper pulled her over for a traffic violation. She didn't have a driver's license.

Barbosa Salazar showed the trooper a Mexican identification. The trooper called Border Patrol and agents took her into custody.

Barbosa Salazar has a husband and five children. All are American citizens. She has lived in the Valley for 18 years.

The family spent much of Monday afternoon in front of the McAllen Border Patrol station.

La Union del Pueblo Entero, a pro-immigration group, has a lawyer who is trying to get Barbosa Salazar released from federal detention.

LUPE officials said Barbosa Salazar applied for legal status several years ago.

"She has her children in school. They haven't been in any kind of trouble with the law," LUPE Executive Director Juanita Valdez-Cox said.

"This was a simple traffic violation that a ticket could have taken care of. It wasn't supposed to go beyond that," Valdez-Cox said.

"I think that is one of the consequences of state troopers going beyond and helping to enforce federal law," Valdez-Cox said.

DPS officials said they are not enforcing federal law. Troopers say when they run across someone who is not in the country legally they turn that person over to federal authorities.

DPS officials said every driver is required to have a valid driver's license.


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