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Don't deport the 'tamale lady'
CNN ^ | August 2, 2012 | Ruben Navarrette Jr

Posted on 08/02/2012 10:41:15 AM PDT by moonshinner_09

San Diego, California (CNN) -- Juana Reyes didn't think that selling chicken, pork and chili cheese tamales would buy her a one-way ticket out of the country. But it just might.

Reyes is a Sacramento, California, woman who the media is calling "the tamale lady." A 46-year-old single mother of two and illegal immigrant, Reyes faces deportation by the Obama administration.

So what's the problem? Aren't illegal immigrants supposed to be deported?Sure. But there are rules to the game, and the administration keeps breaking them. This case undermines the claim that the immigration crackdown is targeting hardened criminals.

Reyes' trouble started on June 28 when she was arrested outside a Walmart by Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies and charged with trespassing and interfering with a business.

What exactly was the interference? Reyes is unemployed. She was selling tamales so she could buy food and clothes for her two children -- 10-year-old Cesar and 7-year-old Montserrat, both of whom were born in the United States.

News: Young immigrants prepare for new U.S. deportation policy

Think about it. This woman wasn't holding a handmade sign that read: "Will work for food." She was working by making food and selling it.

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TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: aliens; calif; immigration; walmart
But this woman only came to the attention of federal authorities because local law enforcement officers arrested her for an infraction that would have normally resulted in a slap on the wrist. And the reason that she was arrested was because she was selling tamales.

She was arrested for refusing to leave when asked to. There is another matter Ruben left out. Food vendors in Calif must be licensed.Her food bypassed any health inspections, hygiene and sanitation practices remain unknown.He makes out like well it's just a causal matter, what happens if her food is tainted and people get sick ? She is selling food with no oversight, this is a serious health issue, no matter what her intentions are.

1 posted on 08/02/2012 10:41:17 AM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

If you don’t arrest and deport her, then she drives out of business the honest food preparation companies that follow the rules.


2 posted on 08/02/2012 10:45:53 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: moonshinner_09

I’m growing tired of the humanization of illegal activity as if to say that it should be allowed.

In my opinion, this is tantamount to saying that Holmes, despite killing 12 people in a movie theater, is a regular volunteer at the local soup kitchen, fosters blind, albino kittens, and heals sick babies. They’re still criminals!


3 posted on 08/02/2012 10:46:19 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: moonshinner_09

Also, Walmart paid for their land and the use thereof, all the liability insurance and whatnot.

No overhead for selling out of a truck!

I actually support selling out of trucks, but it has to be allowed for EVERYONE, and the consumer should be made aware that no health or safety checks are done. Buyer beware and all that, maybe make it illegal to sell to minors since they can’t be expected to make reasonable decisions about whether to buy a tamale from the back of a truck.

We are relaxed about food safety here in the U.S, we have it good, but there is a reason you don’t drink the water or anything the water has touched in Mexico.


4 posted on 08/02/2012 10:47:32 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: DannyTN

The problem is not that they are deporting the Tamale lady. The problem is that they are letting the food stamp illegals stay.

They should deport both. That would be fair.


5 posted on 08/02/2012 10:48:46 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: moonshinner_09

Ruben Navarette is an open borders shill. He can go buy tamales from Juana in Tijuana. If he breaks any Mexican laws down there the Mexican cops will throw his cholo ass in jail.


6 posted on 08/02/2012 10:50:39 AM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: moonshinner_09

“She was arrested for refusing to leave when asked to”

That was her biggest mistake of the day. She should have packed up and left. It all went down hill after that.


7 posted on 08/02/2012 10:51:22 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: moonshinner_09

Ruben Navarrette Jr is a free borders rube.


8 posted on 08/02/2012 10:54:52 AM PDT by Osage Orange (8675309)
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To: moonshinner_09

How much other government assistance is she receiving or has she and her children received? Have she or her children used public health facilities? Her children are being educated here with free lunches, breakfast, brunch, snacks and banquets. Are they gang members? Have they ever been arrested? How many times? She didn’t build the road to the Walmart.


9 posted on 08/02/2012 10:54:52 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama must Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: moonshinner_09

Maybe we could get her a little training in food handling, and a license and deport few “community activists” instead? I’d be happy to trade green cards to SOME (non-felon, non-dui) illegals in exchange for expelling Marxist scum and the parasites they enable at rate of about 10 to 1.
Relatively speaking, I’m sure we’d show a massive net gain.


10 posted on 08/02/2012 11:00:42 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: moonshinner_09
Don't they like tamales in Mexico? Let her go sell them to the tourist in Mexico.
11 posted on 08/02/2012 11:04:25 AM PDT by yobid (Oh no there goes Tokyo no no Fedzilla......woooo oooo oooo oooo)
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To: moonshinner_09
She is selling food with no oversight, this is a serious health issue,

Let me give you a clue. The restaurants that DO get oversight get a brief check about once every 3 years. You think that makes a difference? 'Oversight' is a joke.

I say that as someone that had a kitchen health inspection every morning in the USAF, and only saw 2 inspectors, my entire time in the civilian kitchens.

That said, I'm an American that can make and sell tamales, but the markets for that are filled with illegals.

/johnny

12 posted on 08/02/2012 11:05:59 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: moonshinner_09

Dollars to doughnuts, it was a 100% cash business, and she was not filing income tax returns, either.


13 posted on 08/02/2012 11:16:32 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Persevero

In general stuff sold outdoors in California has a problem ~ upwind of you there are the gila monsters ~ and they urinate ~ and they got all kinds of diseases. Then, there’s Campylobacter ~ wonder why I can spell it ~ they regularly find it on seats on the trams at all the amusement parks out there.


14 posted on 08/02/2012 11:29:41 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: moonshinner_09

All you need to know is Ruben Navarette. He is for his people and against Americans.


15 posted on 08/02/2012 11:30:25 AM PDT by Rytas
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To: moonshinner_09

The sodium and polyunsaturated fat content of her tamales were too high to meet Moochelle’s guidelines.


16 posted on 08/02/2012 11:33:45 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DannyTN

I say, let her stay; help her get licensed. She’s a worker. But in exchange, Mexico is required to take one non-working EBT entitled brood sow and her litter!


17 posted on 08/02/2012 11:48:22 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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I say, let her stay; help her get licensed. She’s a worker. But in exchange, Mexico is required to take one non-working EBT entitled brood sow and her litter!

Yep. It often seems that we are deporting the wrong people.

18 posted on 08/02/2012 12:00:23 PM PDT by montag813
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To: JimRed

I disagree. It doesn’t matter if they work or not. They are here in violation of the law. Kick them all out.

I think of this one struggling restaurant owner here in town. Mexicans opened up a mexican restaurant across the street from him on a U.S. Gov’t grant. The owner of the existing restaurant was livid that the government was giving people money to set up shop and compete against him.


19 posted on 08/02/2012 12:02:50 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: moonshinner_09

I am pretty good with deporting illegals, that is what is supposed to happen when they are identified.


20 posted on 08/02/2012 12:03:03 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: DannyTN
Kick them all out.

OK, but can we send the EBT entitled brood sow as well?

21 posted on 08/02/2012 12:23:44 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed
"OK, but can we send the EBT entitled brood sow as well?"

You know, that might be the way to get Mexico to insist we seal the border.

It's the opposite of fast and furious, it's slow and leacherous.

22 posted on 08/02/2012 1:01:26 PM PDT by DannyTN
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