August 16, 2006

JUST WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT AMNESTY IS ANNOUNCED (via jefferson park):

'Trying to do it right’ results in deportation (Judy Gibbs Robinson, 8/15/06, The Oklahoman)

Shortly after saying their vows, the couple went to an immigration lawyer for help changing Sergio’s status to legal, since he had married a U.S. citizen.

“We were young. We were trying to do it right,” she recalls.

But the lawyer was not encouraging: Because Sergio had once been deported, their marriage was not enough to win him a green card. Re-entry after deportation is a felony, and those who do it are barred from coming back for 10 years.

A friend recommended they get a second opinion from Isabel Pairazaman, a notary public who runs a business called “Hispanic Help Line” helping fill out immigration applications.

“She told my husband she had, like, 14 years’ experience. We thought she was pretty good at it,” Rios said. Pairazaman contradicted the lawyer’s opinion about the previous deportation, assuring them they could get a waiver, Rios said. They believed her. “We thought she was a lawyer,” Rios said.

During the next four years, the couple paid Pairazaman at least $3,500 while waiting for Sergio’s case to work through the system, Rios said. “We keep filling all the applications, and she just keep asking for more and more money,” Rios said. In the end, the immigration lawyer was right. Sergio’s application called him to the attention of immigration officials, who summoned him to an interview in October 2004. The couple thought it was part of the process for getting a green card, but when Sergio was called into an interview room, he was taken into custody for expedited deportation.


When we were coyoting guys around Texas we always told them just to keep their heads low and not trust anyone, including us.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 16, 2006 9:24 PM
Comments

"Because Sergio had once been deported, their marriage was not enough to win him a green card. Re-entry after deportation is a felony, and those who do it are barred from coming back for 10 years"

ICBW, but "trying to do it right" would mean not trying to come back for ten years. Let's also gloss over why Sergio was deported. Sympathy fading, fading, fading... wait, I just got an email from Nigeria promising me millions...

Posted by: darryl at August 16, 2006 10:16 PM

What do you gain by making them leave?

Posted by: oj at August 16, 2006 10:20 PM

Not sure what the gain/loss is, especially since we don't know why he was deported. Maybe we gain the loss of a drug dealer or worse, glossed up in this article to be a righteous American citizen by his attempt at a sham marriage and some simple lies. Or maybe we lose a good guy and a nice family that is really trying to make it.

Don't know, but we have laws for a reason. Sure they're not always good, but to disrespect law is to disrespect society. Change the law if it is flawed... dang I have turned into my Grandmother, God bless her...

Posted by: darryl at August 16, 2006 11:42 PM

So you're up for deporting good people because of a racist law that you can't even explain the theoretical value of?

Posted by: oj at August 16, 2006 11:47 PM

I don't believe it's been established that the law is "racist" or the people deported were "good". I do believe in obeying the law - I am not a personal arbiter deciding which laws are good and which are not.

Posted by: Darryl at August 17, 2006 9:04 AM

Then you've abdicated moral responsibility.

Posted by: oj at August 17, 2006 11:45 AM
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