Monday, March 27, 2006

Illegal immigration debate? time for the sob stories!

Immigration: Never fails, the newspapers who are "fair and objective" start to churn out the woe is me stories every time immigration talk heats up. This article from one of the worst "They are victims" mentality papers in the state of Florida, if not the country, the St Pete Times is a great example of it. The St. Pete Times is owned by the Poynter Institute and runs the paper non-profit, this article is the perfect example why papers should be for profit because when the readers revolt over stupidity like this, it hurts their bottom line.

Illegals despair awaiting reform While Congress works toward an overhaul and considers a guest worker program, some fear their lives are being torn apart. By SAUNDRA AMRHEIN, Times Staff Writer Published March 26, 2006
The title tells you which way this story is going for the duration.
TAMPA - Seven-year-old Angel Gutierrez never heard of Senate bills or something adults call "comprehensive immigration reform." But Angel knows his dad never comes to his baseball practices anymore. At home, Angel runs to the window when a car passes, hoping maybe it's him. Last week, Angel's mom found a sitter and boarded a plane for Washington, D.C., with two Dade City women and a lawyer. They joined hundreds from across the country to lobby members of Congress. With lawmakers edging closer to a showdown on the most comprehensive overhaul of immigration policy in two decades, the immigrants tried to convey how current U.S. policies fracture families.
Nice, we got the little kid waiting for dad angle right off the bat to paint a picture for you people out there who demand illegals be kept out... think of the children.
Melissa Gutierrez, 24, was a teenager when she and her husband met in Ocala. She became pregnant, and the two decided to marry. "I had no idea about this immigration stuff," said Melissa Gutierrez, who handles medical billing for an oncology center in Ocala. She thought that because Victor was marrying an American citizen, he would be fine. Years passed while they worked and saved to hire a lawyer to get Victor's green card. But one night, he got pulled over and was accused of drunken driving. For many people, that means a suspended license. For Victor, it meant deportation. He was sent to Mexico in 2002. Melissa filed paperwork to get him a visa. Months passed with no reply. Angel started kindergarten. Christmas neared. Her husband, impatient and desperate to see his family, crossed the border illegally. Then he was caught speeding and deported again in June. The law blocks his legal return for at least 10 years. Melissa won't move to Mexico because neither she nor Angel speaks Spanish, and Victor couldn't support them there. She told Victor not to tell her if he planned another trip back. She heard about a proposed bill that would criminally charge people who helped illegal immigrants. "Do you want to have your husband here and be a family?" she said. "Or, God forbid, they pick you and your husband up. And where does that leave your child?"
The lawyer bit puzzles me, there are many immigrant lawyers who will file paperwork for you and help get a green card, lots of advocacy groups for illegals will help as well. I am supposed to believe they were saving money for years? In the first case, they both created this mess and because they have a child everyone is supposed to drop the fact he was illegal? Why didn't he apply for a green card in Mexico when he got deported the first time or even here?
Karrie Mendoza of Dade City met her husband two years ago while both worked at Hungry Howie's Pizza. Evaristo Mendoza also worked in the fields when not delivering pizza. They married last year and filed paperwork for his green card. The application was pending. Last month, after the two argued in a parking lot, police arrested Evaristo on a domestic violence charge. Karrie refused to press charges, but her husband was put in immigration detention in Bradenton. She feared that if he is deported before her attorney can get him out, he will be blocked from coming back for 10 years. Karrie, 28, is three months pregnant. The two also have three children each from other relationships. Trying to support them on her own, Karrie sold a truck and found a smaller apartment. She refused to accept government assistance but wondered how long she can make it without him. "They don't want these illegals to be a debt to society," she said, "but they are making American families married to them become a debt to society."
This is the government fault you choosed to marry an illegal? You knew the possible consequences and ignored it. Your bad choice should not be a burden on the rest of society. Yet another sob story.
Felicitas Morales, 20, is a junior at Saint Leo University in Pasco County. There, she pursues a double major in international studies and international business. Since age 13, she has been active in youth groups. But she is also an illegal immigrant. Morales was brought from Mexico age 2. Her parents and siblings worked in the fields around Dade City. She thrived in school. Her grandfather, a U.S. citizen, applied to sponsor the family for their green cards. He died, so the application was thrown out. And like thousands of children across the country, she was stuck. Without a Social Security number, she couldn't qualify for federally backed student loans or college scholarships. Morales was lucky. Saint Leo admitted her with a private scholarship. She thought by now that Congress would have passed the DREAM Act, granting residency to U.S. high school graduates who complete postsecondary educational programs. So far, she has been wrong. And if lawmakers don't make changes for students like her, she will soon hold a bachelor's degree in a country that won't give her a job, legally. As she planned to fly to Washington, Morales told her attorney that she might go to Mexico to get her master's degree if a reform bill doesn't help her. She has no idea how much it would cost, how she would pay for it, where she would live.
Morales has the right idea, go back to Mexico, finish the degree. Also, she could apply for a green card to come here legally instead of waiting for the country to wave their hand and make the illegal actions of her parents lawful. It is irritating for people like me who went thru the process of become legal residents then went on proudly to get their citizenship are watching a group of illegals not just refusing to obey the laws of this country, but demanding they get full rights now because they believe its their God-given right.

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