Families get caught in amnesty limbo
The Mexican had illegally entered the United States in 1992, 10 years earlier. He nervously quizzed himself while waiting for an immigration official to call his name. Under one of the few amnesty programs in recent years, Alvarado planned to admit his guilt, pay a fine and stay, legally, in the United States with his native-born wife and children.
Instead, immigration officials told the Cornelius resident to go back to Mexico -- permanently...
Hooray for immigration doing their job!
"Why, if I'm trying to do the right thing, does this happen to me?" Alvarado remembers thinking when he was denied. He says he knows what he did was wrong, but he didn't expect the consequence to be so severe.
No habla "consequences?" We really want people in this country who "know what they [are doing is] wrong" but go ahead and do it anyway. "I know drinking and driving is wrong but..."
He crossed the U.S. border when he was 16, after walking days across the desert. He planned to learn English and send money to his parents.
Hey, all you good liberals complaining about "outsourcing," how about complaining about dollars earned here (illegally) going to other countries?
Seven years later, when Alvarado met the woman he would marry, Alyssa, the plan evolved. His legal status didn't matter to her because "he was so American."
Clyde's legal status didn't matter to Bonnie because "he was so rich."
The special projects director with the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a Washington, D.C., group, says the ban should not be "watered down."
"Families are separated every day when an individual is sent to prison for breaking the law," Martin said. "No one suggests that we shouldn't apply the law because of the fact that it separates family."
The Fishwrapper does have to give one sensible quote among the "his loving family" and "just wants to work hard" crap.