Here are three important stories about immigration. The first is the case of Estuardo Alvarado, a 45-year-old Mexican national who has been deported from the United States five times since 1988, most recently in 2011. Last month, after fleeing the scene of an earlier accident, he ran into the car of Sandra Duran, a 41-year-old mother, killing her. He also fled the scene of that accident, but was caught. So, here’s my question: This man has a long history of criminal activity in the United States, including weapons possession and drug charges. Each time, he was simply deported back to Mexico, then easily slipped back into the U. S. Why was he not incarcerated for the crimes he committed?
The second link is the case of Roberto Beristain. That’s his family in the picture. Mr. Beristain, 44-years-old and also a Mexican national, entered the U. S. illegally in 1998. He married in 2001, and he and his wife, Helen, have been living the American dream in Indiana. They have four children, and Mr. Beristain owns and operates a popular local restaurant, employing twenty people. Mr. Beristain has no criminal record since entering the U. S. He has been in regular contact with ICE about his status, and also with attorneys. He has attempted to regularize his status, but has been told by his attorneys that he would simply have to wait until the laws change until he can find a path to citizenship. He was dropped off at the U. S.-Mexican border at Cuidad-Juarez, where he knows no one, and told to walk across the border into Mexico.
The third link is the case of Maribel Trujillo-Diaz. She is a 41-year-old who entered the United States illegally nearly 15 years ago, she says out of fear of the Mexican drug cartels. She also has no criminal record, and has established herself in Fairfield, Ohio, with her husband and four American-born children. She has continually appealed her status over the years, hoping to stay in the U. S. legally. All of her appeals have been denied, and she has run out of appeals. She is scheduled to be deported.
In 1965, Congress passed and President Lyndon Johnson passed the Immigration and Naturalization Act. That’s the law that needs to change in order for Mr. Beristain and Ms. Trujillo-Diaz to enter a path to citizenship. President Barack Obama, who vowed immigration reform, had a filibuster-free majority of Democrats in the Senate and in the House for the first two years of his administration. During those two years, he and the Democrat Congress did nothing to reform immigration laws to create a path for citizenship for law-abiding immigrants who had entered the U. S. illegally. I seriously doubt the Republicans are much interested in doing so. So, where does that put people like Mr. Beristain and Ms. Trujillo-Diaz. It puts them in limbo. Mr. Beristain has already been deported and, short of a presidential pardon from you-know-who, Ms. Trujillo-Diaz will be deported presently.
We need to protect our country from criminals like Estuardo Alvarado. Only the most myopic pro-immigrant activists would deny that. According to news reports, deportations have increased significantly since Trump took office, and about two-thirds of those have been felons and other criminals. I’m not sure, though, why these people aren’t put in jail instead of simply deported so they can sneak back in.
But, we don’t need protection from the likes of Roberto Beristain or Maribel Trujillo-Diaz. These are the kinds of people we want in the United States: hard-working, law-abiding, community-invested family men and women. I don’t think this is the kind of immigration “reform” people who voted for Trump were looking for. I think they and all balanced, sane people want the Alvarado behind bars for a long, long time, and Beristain and Trujillo-Diaz back in their respective communities raising their families and investing in their communities.
This must not stand.
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