First, isn't Cicero the city/town in the burbs of Chicago that THINKS IT IS FINE TO FLY THE MEXICAN FLAG since the towns populationo is 80 percent Latino, a large portion of that Latino population IN AMERICA ILLEGALLY? I bring this up since this is not the first PRO ILLEGAL ALIEN AMNESTY styled piece you have written that has been picked up by the Chicago Tribune. Now you are back with the compelling story of SAL, a poor fellow that just wants his American citizenship...you pull at or heart strings as you point out the fact he has TWO AMERICAN CHILDREN.
STOP RIGHT THERE. You see Joseph, you are not quite as slick as you would like to think yourself. Sal came to America 20 years ago on a SIX MONTH WORK VISA...now 20 years later he is upset that his quest for citizenship has come to a halt because he LOST HIS JOB. 20 years...six month work visa, 20 years...six month work visa. You have conveniently LEFT OUT SOME OF THE STORY there Joseph...if 20 years ago in 1988 Joseph came to America on a six month work visa, and is still here in 2008, what happened? Did for instance HE MAKE A DELIBERATE DECISION TO BREAK AMERICAN LAWS AND STAY HERE IN AMERICA INSTEAD OF RETURNING HOME?
Now this CRIMINAL stay here for quite a few years ILLEGALLY before finding someone, falling in love and having kids...isn't that right Mr. Ruzich? Lets do the math there Mr. Ruzich. Sal's oldest son is nine years old. Add to that nine months for the pregnancy and we'll round it off to ten years. A man on a six month WORK VISA was ILLEGALLY IN AMERICA, ILLEGALLY WORKING IN AMERICA before ANY CHILDREN were in the picture FOR THIS CRIMINAL. He knew he was breaking the law! He WILLINGLY lived a CRIMINAL LIFE, made a self conscious decision to break America's immigration laws BEFORE FAMILY AND CHILDREN were an issue. Simply stated, Sal was and is a criminal, and MADE A DECISION TO HAVE A FAMILY even though he was living a criminal lifestyle. Now he wants to use those children as SHIELDS in some sick and twisted attempt to force America to give him citizenship?
When crimials are sent to prison for their crimes, the judge does not wave their sentences, forgive them their crimes BECAUSE DOING OTHERWISE WOULD HURT THE CHILDREN. Your SAL should have thought about that before he unzipped his pants, before he started making babies...after all, he had TEN YEARS to DO THE RIGHT THING, return to Mexico, and LEGALLY APPLY to be a United States citizens...isn't that correct Joseph? But you, Mr. HONORABLE JOURNALIST want to hide this criminals identification from your readers, from law enforcement officials all while painting a picture of a man deserving of our sympathy...you sir DISGUST ME.
This go on...you attempt to perpetuate a lie being spread by groups like ACORN, La Raza and MALDEF that Obama PROMISED IMMIGRATION REFORM (AMNESTY). That is not exactly true now is it Joseph. What he said, was that Immigration was an issue that needed to be dealt with. Well, with 11 million LEGAL AMERICANS OUT OF WORK while SEVEN MILLION ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIMINALS HAVE JOBS, it seems to me President Obama was right...IMMIGRATION, or more specifically ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION does need to be dealt with, and we can do it with three simple words. E-Verify, Enforcement, DEPORTATION. See how easy it could be Mr. Ruzich!
As to your concern that a family might be SPLIT UP...don't do the crime if you cannot do the time, and a reality of crime is that the criminal's own family DOES HAVE TO PAY A PRICE FOR THEIR CRIMES. Sal should have only two choices.
1. Take his family (including his children) back to Mexico and reapply for American Citizenship in ten years. (His American born children can return to America as American citizens if they so choose when they are legal adults (18).
2. Sal can make arrangements to leave his LEGAL AMERICAN CHILDREN here in America (even if that means giving them up for adoption) and returning to Mexico alone, as without them...harsh...Sal should have thought about this reality before he broke the law, or once he had broken the law, before he unzipped his pants and starting shooting live ammo.
By the way, reading your article, get the feeling that Sal's wife or woman is ALSO AND ILLEGAL ALIEN? If I am correct in my assumptions, care to tell your readers HOW MUCH GOVERNMENT HELP this Illegal Alien couple is getting in say the form of FOOD STAMPS, healthcare, welfare, free school? While you are at it, care to tell your readers how our own government HIDES THE TRUE COST OF ILLEGAL ALIENS TO AMERICANS by claiming those benefits just mentioned are going to Legal American Citizens via this illegal alien criminal couples ANCHOR BABIES...and yes, I hope your two children find this artile in GOOGLE...they deserve to know THE WHOLE TRUTH.
Struggling illegal immigrants yearn for reform
Sal didn't just get laid off from his factory job in 2001; the Cicero resident also lost out on a chance to become an American citizen. (He lost his job in 2001, has been here in America ILLEGALLY since 1988, and you now want to write and article in 2009 that might get him some sympathy?)
At that time, Sal and his wife—who both came from Mexico 20 years ago—were being sponsored for citizenship by his employer. But when the plant closed, his wish of living in America without the constant fear of being deported evaporated. (Assuming here, that Sal's WIFE IS ALSO AN ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIMINAL SCUM? OUCH, too harsh for you even if true? They broke the law, continued to break the law, as criminals went ahead and started popping out babies, but we should feel sorry for them....PLEASE....get real!)
"The entire [citizenship application] process was stopped," said Sal, 39, who entered the U.S. with a work visa that was good for only six months. "It was very frustrating for us," he said. "We really thought we would finally become citizens." (The PROCESS should have not even have started...they were here illegally. Freely and knowingly choose to break the law by refusing to LEAVE THE COUNTRY WHEN THEIR VISA EXPIRED...by the way, did the illegal alien wife even have a visa to enter America? You leave that important point out of your story.)
Sal, who has two American-born children, a 9-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son, said he plans to apply for citizenship again but added that doing so is very expensive. (So we should wave the costs, pay for his attorney fees because this criminal HAS KIDS? Where is this couples PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY? Further, LEGAL AMERICANS need to realize that people like you want us to have a SPIRIT OF GENEROUSITY for what....12 MILLION OTHER ILLEGAL ALIEN COUPLES and their 4.5 MILLION ANCHOR BABIES?)
"It will cost me $10,000 just to get a lawyer," said Sal, who has been able to find only temporary work since losing his factory job. "I'm saving for it. I have no choice. We can't move back to Mexico. I don't even know anyone there." (Again, who is to blame for this?...seriously, any job this man DOES HAVE even part time makes him GUILTY OF MORE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. He, his illegal alien criminal wife and their kids should be loaded on a bus and deported back to their home country of Mexico...let their government, their welfare system pick up the tab for these two criminals and their two anchor babies.)
Sal and about 80 other mostly Hispanic immigrants (odd you do not tell us THEIR STATUS...I hope ICE takes note of the church and does a google search for the address. For those Legal Americans wanting to protest...Church Angel 1321 S Austin Blvd Cicero, IL 60804 708-863-6305) , along with faith leaders, held a prayer vigil Saturday at Vida Abundante Church in Cicero for the protection of (Illegal Alien) immigrant families and to call on President Barack Obama and Congress to enact humane Immigration reform. The vigil was part of a nationwide movement—Prayer, Renewal and Action on Immigration—taking place in more than 100 cities across the United States in February. Deporation is not cruel and inhumane, it is the dictated means of dealing with those illegal alien criminal who have broken our laws. Further, why should SEVEN MILLION ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIMINALS STILL HAVE JOBS when 11 million LEGAL AMERICAN CITIZENS are out of work? Immigration Reform is just another way of saying AMNESTY FOR CRIMINALS.
At Vida Abundante, 1321 S. Austin Blvd., a church rock band kicked off the vigil, singing songs about immigrant rights and asking God to shed his grace on the country's new president. Those attending the event sang along and waved their hands toward the ceiling.
"This is the year of reform," (How about THE YEAR OF ENFORCEMENT...E Verify anyone?)Pastor Andres Gallardo said in Spanish (This is America, we SPEAK ENGLISH...LEARN IT!) to the crowd. "Obama won with the help of the Latino vote (NOT REALLY....do the math!). He has promised Immigration reform this year. (Actually, he said Immigration was a serious issue that needed to be dealt with in a responsible manner...DEPORTATION IS RESPONSIBLE.)I hope it will finally come. We are so focused on the bad economy and the war that we forget about helping out our brothers and sisters." (Illegal Alien Criminals ARE NOT MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, and they ARE NOT AMERICAN CITIZENS WAITING ON AMNESTY.)
Pastor Ismael Vargas said Immigration is a human rights issue. LEGAL IMMIGRATION is a human rights issue, and America has the most liberal Immigration Laws in the world. Illegal Immigration is a law and order issue with ENFORCEMENT and DEPORTATION the answer the problem of dealing with criminal vermin that are infesting our cities and towns.
"Families are being separated," Vargas said. "Parents are being arrested in front of their American-born children. What kind of future will those children have? The CRIMINAL Illegal Aliens should have thought of these things before they had UNPROTECTED SEX...they knew they were breaking the law, and now they (and their children) have to pay the price. Should we let drug dealers go free because putting them in prison might hurt their kids? Should we not exercise arrest warrants because someone's children might see their parent arrested for murder.
"This is a country of liberty. We are a country of immigrants. We want our message to be heard all the way to Washington, D.C.," he said to a cheering audience. We are a country of JUSTICE, a country of LAWS, and we should be a country where SEVEN MILLION ILLEGAL ALIEN SCUM ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE WORKING when 11 million Americans are OUT OF WORK.
Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has tightened its borders in an attempt to keep terrorists from entering the country. Don't make us LAUGH...where is our FENCE!
Deportations also have been on the rise. As they should be, and if we make E Verify the law, if we INCREASE work site and NEIGHBORHOOD Enforcement Actions, DEPORTATIONS WILL BE SERIOUSLY ON THE RISE, as millions of CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS UNABLE TO FIND WORK START SELF DEPORTING.
According to Gail Montenegro, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 367,000 people in the U.S., including 11,500 in the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri), were sent back to their home countries in 2008. Those numbers have increased compared with 2007, when 290,600 people throughout the United States, including 9,000 from the Midwest, were deported. 367,000 Illegal Alien Criminals down, and 12-25 million more to go...LETS PUT THIS IN PROPER PERSPECTIVE.
"As a result of 9/11, [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] was created to address any vulnerability that exists in our nation," Montenegro said. "We are mandated to enforce the law, and we do so aggressively." No aggressive enough if E Verify does not become the law, no aggressive enough if Enforcement RAIDS are decreased in number or scope.
But Immigration advocates argue that by increasing deportations, the government too often breaks up families. No one is keeping these illegal alien criminals from taking their families with them...in fact, some of us Americans will even hold a fund raiser to buy the bus tickets.
Obama pledged in his campaign to increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill. (That argument does not hold water....FACT....while over 11 Million LEGAL AMERICANS are out of work, we have seven million illegal aliens and another 14 million LEGAL IMMIGRANTS still holding jobs in the American Economy.) He called the current Immigration system "dysfunctional" but also said borders should be more secure and the government should crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants. The system is only disfunctinal because the laws as written are not being enforced...put a few dozen BIG EMPLOYERS (Like Tyson) in prison for hiring illegal aliens, make E Verify the law, and watch how well our Immigration System works.
On their campaign Web site, Obama and running mate Joe Biden called for "a system that requires undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens." Entering America illegally is a FELONY, taking a job as an illegal alien is a crime, using a fake ID to get a job or open up bank accounts is a crime for EACH SEPARATE USE. Simply stated, there is not one single illegal alien working in America that is IN GOOD STANDING without AMNESTY for their CRIMES.
The federal government estimates that there are 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. All of whom could be deported in 24 months with proper Enforcement and E Verify.
Sal said he doesn't know if Obama will follow through with his promises. AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS will cause a civil war in America.
"There are a lot of other problems going on [in the U.S.] right now," he said. "But this is a major issue. What would happen to my kids if I wasn't here for them? This is their country now. This is my country now." You are right...seven million illegal alien criminals working when eleven million American workers are unemployed IS CRIMINAL....LET THE DEPORTATIONS BEGIN.