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Ga. senator's wife turns self in
AP via Yahoo! News ^ | December 5, 2006 | DANIEL YEE

Posted on 12/05/2006 6:37:20 AM PST by King of Florida

ATLANTA - The Colombia-born wife of a Georgia state senator, who had been in hiding as federal immigration officials try to deport her, turned herself in Tuesday to face an order to remove her from the country.

Sascha Herrera, 28, arrived at the Martin Luther King Federal Building shortly before 8 a.m. to face authorities in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office.

"I'm very nervous right now," Herrera said. "I think I'm doing the right thing. I hope my name and my husband's name is clean."

Her husband, State Sen. Curt Thompson said, "The main goal is to make sure after the interview that they will allow Sascha to go home."

She had been in hiding since Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrived at her home Nov. 28 with an order to remove her from the U.S. She was not home at the time.

Her attorney, Charles Kuck, claims she was duped by a man handling her immigration requests and that she never received the immigration notices that triggered her deportation order.

Kuck filed a petition Monday to stay her deportation order and reopen her case, arguing that a man filed an asylum petition on her behalf without her knowledge and before her husband sponsored her green card application based on their April marriage.

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This woman should NOT be deported.
1 posted on 12/05/2006 6:37:22 AM PST by King of Florida
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To: King of Florida

Why? don't you support our country's laws or are you just a bleeding heart?


2 posted on 12/05/2006 6:39:32 AM PST by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: King of Florida
This woman should NOT be deported

Why??

3 posted on 12/05/2006 6:41:19 AM PST by org.whodat (Never let the facts get in the way of a good assumption.)
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To: King of Florida
If she's the wife of an American citizen doesn't she have instant citizenship?
4 posted on 12/05/2006 6:42:07 AM PST by txroadhawg ("To compare Congress to drunken sailors is an insult to drunken sailors." Ronald Reagan)
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To: subterfuge

Then who will marry our Senators???


5 posted on 12/05/2006 6:42:16 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: King of Florida

I think they should deport her and her husband.


6 posted on 12/05/2006 6:42:18 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: subterfuge
What bleeding heart? Or you are unaware of this country's laws or just mean-spirited? She was duped and is married to a U.S. citizen. If the ICE wants to go after illegals with no basis to be in this country, fine and dandy. This woman has a legal basis.
7 posted on 12/05/2006 6:42:32 AM PST by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: King of Florida

The law is the law. No one's above it, not even a state senator's wife.


8 posted on 12/05/2006 6:42:58 AM PST by Clifford The Big Red Dog (Woof!)
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To: King of Florida

Why not? She is here illegally.

Well, I gather you support her husband's pro-criminal policies too.


9 posted on 12/05/2006 6:43:24 AM PST by indcons (indcons - an enemy of islam)
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To: King of Florida

This is the second incident like this where they've gone after someone's wife.

Why don't they go after the rest of the illegals? The drug dealers, the gang members, the cop-killers, the rapists....


10 posted on 12/05/2006 6:44:10 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: King of Florida

She does not get to be a US citizen until her paperwork and the citizenship formalities are approved. Want to bet that she came in illegally?


11 posted on 12/05/2006 6:44:36 AM PST by indcons (indcons - an enemy of islam)
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To: King of Florida
Mean-spirited? That phrase just gave you away as a liberal.


12 posted on 12/05/2006 6:44:48 AM PST by Clifford The Big Red Dog (Woof!)
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To: txroadhawg
If she's the wife of an American citizen doesn't she have instant citizenship?

No. She has to apply for permanent legal residency by dint of her marriage first. That was the process that was ongoing. What she didn't realize is that some idiot notary public had applied for asylum on her behalf earlier and hadn't given the right address for her. That led to the deportation order when she didn't get or respond to any of the USCIS notices subsequently sent to her.

13 posted on 12/05/2006 6:45:12 AM PST by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: metmom
Why don't they go after the rest of the illegals? The drug dealers, the gang members, the cop-killers, the rapists....

They can do both.

14 posted on 12/05/2006 6:45:20 AM PST by Wormwood (the happiest sadist)
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To: King of Florida

I think you are the one being duped. This reeks of a political stunt.


15 posted on 12/05/2006 6:45:46 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: King of Florida; MotleyGirl70; Cagey
"Her attorney, Charles Kuck, claims she was duped by a man handling her immigration requests and that she never received the immigration notices that triggered her deportation order."


He is a bad man, a very, very bad man.

16 posted on 12/05/2006 6:46:45 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: King of Florida
...She was duped ...

If her attorney says she was duped it must be true! IMHO, people that are trying to follow the laws and remain in the U.S. legally do not hide from federal immigration officials.

17 posted on 12/05/2006 6:48:24 AM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: txroadhawg

If an immigrant marries a U.S. citizen, the marriage never gives citizenship, but it's supposed to give instant legal residency, with a green card. After receiving the green card, she needs to wait five years, get a background check, and take the test, to get American citizenship.


18 posted on 12/05/2006 6:49:17 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: Clifford The Big Red Dog

for being so new...you sure have learned to bully people around quickly


20 posted on 12/05/2006 6:50:10 AM PST by wallcrawlr
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To: King of Florida

Another article and a pic of the Dem senator and his new bride in the country illegaly.

http://www.examiner.com/a-437682~Senator_s_Wife_Faces_Order_to_Leave_U_S_.html


21 posted on 12/05/2006 6:50:46 AM PST by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: Clifford The Big Red Dog
Yeah, I'm liberal because I'm capable of some sympathy for someone who is being screwed over by the government's misapplication of the law. But it looks like I was right about the law, as the latest on this shows, so I will laugh last, thank you very much.

Judge scraps deportation order against lawmaker's wife

By ANNA VARELA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An immigration judge on Tuesday scrapped a deportation order filed against the wife of state Sen. Curt Thompson, allowing her to remain in the country.

Federal officials went into court Tuesday morning and supported Sascha Herrera Thompson's bid to block her deportation.

"Based on the unique facts of this case, we agreed not to appeal reopening the case," said Terry Bird, chief counsel for the Atlanta office of Immigration and Custom Enforcement.

Bird said that Judge William A. Cassidy expressed concern that Sascha Thompson's deportation appeared to be the result of bad paperwork filed by a notario. The judge urged that the notario be prosecuted, if possible.

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/gwinnett/stories/2006/12/04/1204metdeport.html

22 posted on 12/05/2006 6:51:11 AM PST by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: Redmen4ever
I think this is a pic of the woman in question...
23 posted on 12/05/2006 6:51:28 AM PST by Dark Skies ("He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that" ... John Stuart Mill)
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To: Clifford The Big Red Dog

"The law is the law. No one's above it, not even a state senator's wife."

River swimmers sure as hell seem to be above it.


24 posted on 12/05/2006 6:52:00 AM PST by Leatherneck_MT (In a world where Carpenters come back from the dead, ALL things are possible.)
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To: txroadhawg
If she's the wife of an American citizen doesn't she have instant citizenship?

No.

25 posted on 12/05/2006 6:52:11 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: metmom

---Why don't they go after the rest of the illegals? The drug dealers, the gang members, the cop-killers, the rapists....---

Well, one version has it that it's because the law is a whore...

Anyway, what fun would it be enforcing the country's laws in the broadest, most effective fashion?


26 posted on 12/05/2006 6:52:24 AM PST by claudiustg (Delenda est Iran)
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To: PhilCollins
If an immigrant marries a U.S. citizen, the marriage never gives citizenship, but it's supposed to give instant legal residency, with a green card. After receiving the green card, she needs to wait five years, get a background check, and take the test, to get American citizenship.

Oh the pain and the shame of obeying the law
Deport both of them, both broke immigration law.
I have no sympathy for either of these two.

27 posted on 12/05/2006 6:52:33 AM PST by From One - Many (Trust the Old Media At Your Own Risk)
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To: subterfuge

Our countries laws allow her permanent residency if she is married to an American citizen unless ICE officials wish to challenge the legitimacy of the marriage which I would be very surprised if they pursued that avenue.


28 posted on 12/05/2006 6:52:36 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: King of Florida

The senator must let her go back to Columbia. If she really loves him, she will eventually return. Democrats must live their lives according to Stings songs.


29 posted on 12/05/2006 6:53:01 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Wormwood

I wish they would but every time they try to do it with the real illegals, we hear all kinds of whining about their *rights*. I wish they'd take care of those first and then worry about those here on visas and green cards.


However, this is not the first time by any means that I've heard of this kind of problem with people who have green cards and are married to American citizens. If she's been trying to do it the right way, she shouldn't be penalized for the system screwing up. Those here legally with green cards live in constant fear of doing something wrong and getting deported for good. Those who follow the rules are the ones penalized and they shouldn't be.


30 posted on 12/05/2006 6:53:22 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: txroadhawg
If she's the wife of an American citizen doesn't she have instant citizenship?

No. She gets a better place in line, however.

31 posted on 12/05/2006 6:53:29 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: King of Florida

She is in HIDING, or was for quite awhile. I have no respect for people who HIDE from the law! Are you aware that it costs us TAXPAYERS money to hunt lawbreakers down?

On top of the fact that she was in HIDING, she's married to a State Representative!! I guess you support having a protected class of elites for whom the laws don't apply eh?


32 posted on 12/05/2006 6:53:43 AM PST by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: Dark Skies

Citizenship immediately granted. On national security grounds. :)


33 posted on 12/05/2006 6:55:04 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Redmen4ever
Ohmygosh ... how are American-born women going to compete when American men can marry women from Colombia? They are among the most beautiful women in the world and some of them don't speak English.

And you should see their babies. Colombian babies are some of the cutest on the planet.

34 posted on 12/05/2006 6:55:32 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Clifford The Big Red Dog
The law is the law. No one's above it, not even a state senator's wife.

Small amount of irony in that statement, seeing that she turned herself in.

35 posted on 12/05/2006 6:56:39 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Dark Skies

I figured she was a young hottie the Senator scored. Sure enough...


36 posted on 12/05/2006 6:57:14 AM PST by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: 1rudeboy

Yep. Not guilty of anything. I would even give her a preemptive pardon for future crimes.


37 posted on 12/05/2006 6:58:19 AM PST by Dark Skies ("He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that" ... John Stuart Mill)
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To: wallcrawlr

No, not a bully. Just observant.


38 posted on 12/05/2006 6:58:22 AM PST by Clifford The Big Red Dog (Woof!)
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To: King of Florida

This whole thing confuses me. I thought that if you married an american, you were allowed to live with them in the US indefinitely. Am I missing something?


39 posted on 12/05/2006 6:58:36 AM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Naziism was in 1937.)
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To: Dark Skies

Not Guilty!

She's way too hot to be deported.


40 posted on 12/05/2006 6:59:23 AM PST by Constitution Day ("Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." Aldous Huxley)
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To: Dark Skies

And her female offspring. For our country's future.


41 posted on 12/05/2006 6:59:41 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: King of Florida

Who appointed Cassidy?

That would explain a lot if we knew.


42 posted on 12/05/2006 6:59:45 AM PST by Clifford The Big Red Dog (Woof!)
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To: 1rudeboy
She was absconding before she turned herself in.
43 posted on 12/05/2006 7:00:02 AM PST by indcons (indcons - an enemy of islam)
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To: Dark Skies

She's sure hiding something all right.


44 posted on 12/05/2006 7:00:05 AM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: metmom
real illegals

A significant number of illegal aliens (40%?) came here legally on a visa (typically a tourist visa) with the intent of violating the terms - either by overstaying the time limit or by working when work is prohibited for their particular visa class.
45 posted on 12/05/2006 7:00:28 AM PST by DancesWithBolsheviks (Fatigued with the party always being in my backyard.)
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To: 1rudeboy
She is


46 posted on 12/05/2006 7:00:37 AM PST by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: subterfuge

---She is in HIDING, or was for quite awhile. I have no respect for people who HIDE from the law! Are you aware that it costs us TAXPAYERS money to hunt lawbreakers down? ---

Meantime we're swimming in illegals in plain sight and some cities erect shelters where you can go to hire them!


47 posted on 12/05/2006 7:01:02 AM PST by claudiustg (Delenda est Iran)
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To: Oberon

She's transporting beverages???:)


48 posted on 12/05/2006 7:03:07 AM PST by DancesWithBolsheviks (Fatigued with the party always being in my backyard.)
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To: metmom
Colombian babies are some of the cutest on the planet.

Now that is plan BS.

49 posted on 12/05/2006 7:03:44 AM PST by org.whodat (Never let the facts get in the way of a good assumption.)
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To: Redmen4ever

"She's sure hiding something all right."

Not very well!


50 posted on 12/05/2006 7:03:49 AM PST by riverdawg
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