RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Angel mom and congressional candidate Agnes Gibboney, who has appeared in a 2016 campaign ad with President Donald Trump, would vote against Wednesday’s expected impeachment vote if she were in Congress.
“This impeachment process is nothing more than a huge harassment against our president,” Gibboney said. “We’ve never seen such a disgraceful treatment of an elected president. This is persecution.”
Gibboney become a national media figure after advocating for fellow “Angel Moms” whose loved ones were killed by illegal immigrants. She has made numerous appearances on Fox News and participated in Trump campaign ad in 2016. Her son, Ronald da Silva, was killed by a twice-deported illegal immigrant in 2002.
Last week, Gibboney announced her run for US House District 31, held by Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands. They are the only two candidates in the race, so both will appear on the general election ballot in November.
“I’m challenging him because of his open borders policies,” she said. “We shouldn’t bend the laws for people who break the laws.”
She said first considered challenging Aguilar last year when he disrespected her concerns about illegal immigrants.
“He just walked away. Just nothing. He couldn’t say, ‘I’m sorry for you,’” Gibboney said. “He doesn’t care about constituents.”
Gibboney was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1954, two years before the Soviet invasion. She said her family of four, plus another couple, crossed into the former Yugoslavia in January 1957 after overcoming a deep border ditch.
“My father jumped with me in his arms,” she said. “They threw my brother over a ditch and into the arm of our friend who was escaping with us.”
Gibboney’s family immigrated to Brazil in November 1957 and then to the United States in 1970. She’s proud her family immigrated legally.
Gibboney, 65, was a mother of three until her son was murdered. She has worked as an insurance broker and in medical billing as well as a housewife. She lives in Rancho Cucamonga with her husband, Mark, a retired El Monte deputy chief of police. He is an elected member of the Rancho Cucamonga Valley Water Board District.
A Stolen Life: The Ronald da Silva Story by the Federation for American Immigration Reform