Saturday, April 23, 2011

Seeking the American Dream: The Life of a so called "Illeegal"

Brought here as children by their parents....the lives of the so called "illegal immigrants." They know no other country. Their crime: Seeking the American Dream! President Obama, please help them find their pathway to Citizenship!

In the 1980s, a young man in his 20's moved to Alaska. He was a Mexican National with no papers. His parents moved him to the U.S. from very poor economic conditions. The young man chose to move to Alaska to seek his fortune. He mirrored someone else's identity and chose the name Rafael Espinoza. Other than the name change, he always remained crime free. He soon married and had a child.

Still crime free, twenty three years later, in 2003, he applied for a job at the Anchorage Police Department. He even submitted for a Lie Detector test. He passed. Little did anyone know that as a small child, he was brought to the U.S. by his parents who did not have their permanent residency status. He had an exemplary career as a Law Officer from 2005 until 2011.

Then, in 2011, when he applied for a passport, his secret identity was discovered. Rafael Mora-Lopez. Regardless of his exemplary career as a Law Officer, he was found to be a so called "illegal alien." His boss, Chief Mew, during a press conference last Friday, described him as a hard working officer and very professional. Lopez was released on $50,000 bail and must wear a monitoring ankle bracelet. He is facing 10 years in federal prison, if convicted and then would be deported after serving his sentence, to a land he has NEVER known.

1 comment:

Vicente Duque said...

Dee :

"The dirt and filth that does not kill you, makes you stronger"

"Todd Landfried, a spokesperson for Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform, a group of more than 250 businesses in the state, says companies are realizing that SB 1070 drove away consumers and taxpayers, made it harder to find labor, and gave Arizona a bad reputation as a place to do business".

New America Media,
News Report
One Year After SB 1070, Arizona's Immigrant Networks Are Stronger
April 22, 2011

Some excerpts ;

"There's a general concensus that [passing anti-immigrant legislation] has been a bad strategy for Arizona," Landfried says.

A study released this past March by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a think tank in Washington, D.C., contrasts the economic effects of massive deportation with the effects of legalization of Arizona’s estimated half a million undocumented immigrants.

An enforcement-only approach could lead to a loss of 17.2 percent of total employment in the state and shrink the state's economy by $48.8 billion, according to the report. Legalizing undocumented immigrants in the state, meanwhile, could increase employment by close to 8 percent and increase state tax revenues by $1.68 billion.

As of last November, a boycott against the state had cost convention centers $141 million in cancellations, according to another CAP study.

Alfredo Gutierrez, a former Democratic state senator and editor of the bilingual online newspaper La Frontera Times in Phoenix, says that businesses turned against SB 1070 in the wake of the boycott and the efforts by pro-immigrant groups to exert political pressure, through civl disobedience demonstrations and behind the scenes.

The pro-immigrant movement in Arizona "is maturing politically—it was being pushed to the brink,” Gutierrez says.

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