Skip to comments.Fence doesn't stop bittersweet reunions (immigration sob story - captions, please)
Posted on 05/13/2008 6:00:32 AM PDT by redstates4ever
"Francelia Menchaca drove with her family from Phoenix to the Tijuana border to see her mother at the fence on Saturday.
You can walk to the U.S. border, Francelia Menchaca's immigration lawyer advised her, but don't put your fingers through its fence. It may hinder her immigration paperwork, the lawyer said.
But when, after a year apart, Menchaca's mother arrived in her flowered straw hat to the border in Tijuana on Saturday and put her small, wrinkled hands up to the cast-iron gate, Menchaca reached out and touched them.
"Were you anxious to touch my hand?" Menchaca asked in Spanish. Tears stood on her lashes.
"Yes," said her mother, Francisca Rodriguez, a resident of Tijuana, as her three grandchildren, including a 10-month-old girl she had never seen, strained to be near her.
Caption this immigration sob story *ping*
Too bad it’s not a prison fence instead of a border fence.
This is asinine!
GO TO *MEXICO* AND VISIT HER, DRAMA QUEEN. STAY AS LONG AS YOU LIKE...
Oh for cryin’ out loud! Fry me a liver!
Bitchin’ shades, makeup, healthy complexion...that must be the American side of the fence.
Last time I checked, American citizens can travel freely back and forth between the border. If that’s the case, then why the high tear jerk drama through the fence? Why not just cross the border and visit grandma? Could it be that the Menchaca’s are illegals? The article conveniently doesn’t specify.
The story is ridiculous, since the young lady COULD take the grandkids to Mexico for a visit.
But I’m curious as to why you think it’s: “Too bad its not a prison fence instead of a border fence.”
It appears this particular family is trying to have its members LEGALLY immigrate. What’s wrong with that?
Why such a big hole in the fence? And why isn’t it electrified?
Because this isn't East Berlin?
HEY, one of those arrows is pointing STRAIGHT at Culpeper, Virginia.
And why aren't we using landmines... they can easily fill in the gaps where building the wall would be initially very expensive.
Tell Mexico to let this daughter move to their country so she can be with her mother. Why is Mexico so MEAN?!!!
I don't know.
Francelia Menchaca's immigration lawyer advised her, but don't put your fingers through its fence. It may hinder her immigration paperwork, the lawyer said.Why would putting her fingers through the fence hinder her immigration paperwork unless she is here illegally and trying to obtain legal status??
Unlike East Berlin, there's nothing stopping any of the people in this article from crossing the border legally to be with one another.
I begets the question, How did this woman enter the USA in the first place?
I’m betting that it was illegally. And yet we are going to reward her with citizenship, and allow other members of her family entry and citizenship.
Hence my argument that she should be looking out of a prison fence.
Depending on how she’s trying to become legal, she may *not* be able to cross back into Mexico even for a visit. My wife used to work as a secretary for an immigration lawyer processing L-1 and similar types of visas, and permanent residency. There were situations during the paperwork processing where the visaholders were not allowed to leave the country, period, or their applications would get shot down. Why, I don’t know, but those were the rules.
Our immigration laws in this country are totally wrecked. It’s sheer hell for a motivated person who wants to become an American to gain a visa, residency, or citizenship, but we welcome illegal invaders across the border by the millions. It’s Bizarro World.
What a ridiculous story. From it I gathered.....
Francelia Menchaca is illegal and has filed for citizenship
Francelia Menchaca has a couple of anchor babies
The mother could have just walked across the border with a tourist visa so....
The point of the story must be.....poor illegal alien.
"I am so sorry, Mami, but we're not going to get the southwestern U.S. back for Mexico..."
This is completely contrived.
True. Still doesn't justify the 'electrified fence' comment.
The daughter and her family are free to join her mother in mexico.
Oh, wait....that's my stomach.
Another reason for an ELECTRIC fence.
“Francelia Menchaca’s immigration lawyer advised her, *but don’t put your fingers through its fence*.”
See photo, hand through fence caressing poor, gray-haired mother, pobrecita.
Good luck with that, comrade.
I can dream.
The mother took off her flowered straw hat.. I wonder where that big gap in the fence is? Border patrol should be alerted... I have seen holes smaller than that under the fence the illegals can get thru
John McCain said such a thing is impossible :)
You talk a good game, but yet when it comes to actually making something that works, you're actually a bleeding heart. At least the commies knew how to build a fence that actually worked as intended.
Here’s Ashley’s e-mail. Tell her you want to lay some flowers at the spot, then when she supplies the precise location forward it on to the closest local BP station.
That’s along the Arizona border. There are 9 different types of fencing that will be installed to compensate for terrain variations. Coupled with some of the sensor networks in more remote areas, the coverage will be total. Getting BP officers to the intrusion points will be the trick.
Didn’t that moron Chertikov declare the $20m test of the “virtual” fence to be a total failure?
I prefer 100% fencing, but certain areas (like Texas’ national park) are too remote to require fencing. The terrain is too long and tough for any significant invasions.
“Thats along the Arizona border.”
They moved Tijuana to Arizona? But where will San Diegans go now for cheap gas?
Actually, she probably can't.
I'm guessing she came to the US on a K1 Fiance Visa.
Once she is granted the Visa she enters the US and has to marry within 90 days.
After they marry, they have to apply for an adjustment of status to a permanent resident. It takes an average of six months from application for the adjustment of status, until it is granted, assuming her immigration lawyer is competent, and she doesn't do anything stupid during that time.
However, she were to leave the country during that time, she can't return, and her adjustment of status application is considered to be abandoned.
She can apply for advanced permission to leave and return, but even applying for that takes a couple months, and likely fees by the lawyer as well.
Any children born to her of a US citizen or born in the US are US citizens and could travel to Mexico and back. Any minor children she might have had from a previous relationship would be covered under the same Visa process as her, and would also need advanced permission to leave the country.
If you leave the country after applying for adjustment of status, you abandon your application unless you have gotten permission in advance. The process for getting permission to leave the country and return (Advanced Parole) takes about 60 days.
If she's entered on a K1 Fiancee Visa. It's only good for entry into the country once. So if she leaves without Advanced Parole, she not only abandons her application for permanent residence, she can't return to the US without applying for a new VISA and basically starting the immigration process over again.
While it's unlikely that sticking her fingers across the border would be considered leaving the country, her lawyer is giving her good advice not to risk it.
I hear them. Ah, the weeping for criminals touches their little Marxist hearts.
Hmmmm.....seems Francelia Menchaca (abt 6 mos. pregnant) waddled right across the border & dropped her anchor baby.
So where's the rest of the story ???? How much is the monthly welfare check, who paid the anchor baby bills ??
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