There’s been quite a stir lately about the 13 year old illegal alien whose friends lobbied Senator Jim Webb for a reprieve from a deportation order that was scheduled to be executed yesterday. The boy, whose mother is legally present in the United States, was apprehended trying to cross the border in 2005 and was released into the custody of his mother pending legal determination of what would happen. The family subsequently agreed to voluntary repatriation rather than be deported. Now the boy gets a reprieve, and the illegal alien lobby is now overjoyed that a compassionate exception was carved out for this Boy Scout. The Loudoun Times positively gushes with excitement as this development:
Jose, originally from El Salvador, entered the United States illegally in 2005 to join his mother, who was here legally. He was apprehended shortly after crossing the Rio Grande and three years later was ordered to leave the U.S. within 120 days — or by July 16.
Since then, friends and the Scout’s troop leaders have mailed letters to Webb asking for help.
In response to these constituents’ letters, Webb’s office sent a letter of inquiry about Jose to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
And as they say, now for the rest of the story.
According to La Prensa Grafica, Jose’s mother Mirna left her son Jose in El Salvador and entered the country illegally in 2000. She was later granted Temporary Protected Status, one of the seven amnesties that Congress passed since 1986 which was supposed to provide relief in the wake of a 2001 hurricane that hit El Salvador. Congress continues to extend this program despite little reason to believe that the country is still suffering from this hurricane which hit seven years ago, and which has allowed at least one-third of the country to relocate to the United States. Remittances from the United States account for more foreign revenue than all Salvadoran exports combined, ensuring that this nation will continue to export their own citizens rather than build their economy.
Jose is the son of Mirna Andrade, who emigrated without documents to the American nation in 2000, so soon after could benefit from the Temporary Protected Status that benefited the undocumented Salvadorans who had entered the country before the 2001 earthquakes.
The boy, however, entered U.S. territory in 2005 and therefore could not enjoy this benefit, the small, who was here in charge of maternal family, traveled by land and was arrested by immigration authorities in Texas shortly after crossing the Rio Grande.
Jose was 9 days in a detention center before her mother could get out and the temporary custody of the child. Since then the family engaged in a legal battle, which finally gave no fruit. (translation by google)
Notice the little creative phrasing by the Loudoun Times regarding Mirna’s legal status? Local journalism at its best, I’m tellin’ ya.
Jose followed his mother five years later with two cousins and got caught in Texas by the Border Patrol, and was placed in the youth detention center in Harlingen, Texas, for nine days. He was released into Mirna’s custody and three separate hearings in an immigration court have been held. In March, Mirna applied for voluntary removal that would expire on July 16th. So now almost three years after Jose’s initial detention, pleading that she didn’t want her family separated (unless of course it’s her idea) they encouraged a Boy Scout troop to “do their duty to God and their country” and beg Jim Webb to intervene and ensure that the law doesn’t get enforced.
Yes, this child is pretty appropriate as a poster child for the illegal alien lobby to tell us how mean everyone is for expecting that we actually follow the law here. He seems by all accounts to be a fine young man, respected by his peers and teachers, and he clearly is in a difficult situation. That situation is entirely the creation of his mother, however. She left El Salvador and her child behind about a year before Hurricane Mitch hit, in the care of what by all accounts appears to be irresponsible relatives in the aftermath of a natural disaster and only thought to have him travel overland to the United States as an eleven year-old child with two other juveniles four years after the hurricane. But U.S. law enforcement is somehow the bad guy here. Were keeping her family together actually a primary concern, this family would safely be in El Salvador where they can at least speak the local language. No, this is all about someone who came here unlawfully, and then who displayed a pretty shocking disregard for the safety and welfare of her son over the past eight years, to milk every eighteen months of “temporary” protected status renewals as possible.
You don’t hear any of that from the mainstream media, though. What a surprise
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