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Star student faces deportation
San Antonio Express-News ^ | 04/11/2009 | By Melissa Ludwig - Express-News

Posted on 04/14/2009 10:47:12 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

In elementary school, Benita Veliz dreaded substitute teachers. Her classmates would act up and the sub would threaten to call the principal, a prospect so upsetting to Veliz that her regular teacher began placing her in a colleague’s classroom on days the teacher could not make it to class.

Imagine how Veliz, now 23, reacted this January when she was thrown in jail after a traffic stop because she is an unauthorized immigrant.

“To go from that to being in jail was surreal,” Veliz said, tears welling in her eyes.

Veliz’s parents brought her across the border when she was 8 years old. She worked doggedly in school, graduating valedictorian of her class at Jefferson High School in 2002 and later from St. Mary’s University. She works as a secretary for a church and dreams of going to law school.

However, if Congress doesn’t change immigration laws, Veliz most likely will be deported to Mexico. She has an immigration hearing scheduled in June.

Like the estimated 65,000 unauthorized immigrants who graduate from U.S. high schools each year, Veliz has pinned her hopes for the future on the DREAM Act, a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for children brought here by their parents before age 16.

Under the act, immigrants must serve in the military or earn a college degree to stay permanently. After failures in past years, lawmakers reintroduced the bill last month.

With a Democratic-controlled Congress and a supportive president, advocates say the stars could align this year.

“The (presidential) election was a real game changer on this,” said Paco Fabian, a spokesman for America’s Voice, a campaign for comprehensive immigration reform.

As in years past, the DREAM Act will face opposition from groups such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform. According to director Ira Mehlman, the act creates an incentive for parents to break the law. Children must pay for their parents’ actions, he said.

“It isn’t fair, but it is the parents who created the situation,” Mehlman said.

Giving up isn’t in Veliz’s vocabulary.

“You don’t have to accept that,” Veliz said. “You can make a conscious decision to fight for justice.”

The consequences of Veliz’s status didn’t hit until high school, when her friends began getting drivers’ licenses and jobs at McDonald’s. She realized her college dreams were imperiled because she wasn’t eligible for federal financial aid.

People have said she should have gone back to Mexico and applied for residency.

“At 14, was I going to drive over to Mexico? And do what? Stay with who?” Veliz said.

The last time she visited relatives in Mexico, she was 6. They had no electricity or running water, and she rode a donkey to reach the remote outpost.

Instead, Veliz worked feverishly to pack her resume with achievements, from joining Future Farmers of America to performing in the class musical.

Claiming she’s not naturally smart, Veliz took the hardest classes at Jefferson, getting to school early and staying late for extra tutoring. She didn’t like to hear other kids make excuses — I’m poor, I’m not good at school, my dad is an alcoholic.

“Whatever, whatever, whatever,” Veliz said. “I’m going to overcome it.”

A testament to her tenacity, Veliz did all this with a tumor growing silently in her nose, making her persistently sick with what doctors told her was allergies.

When doctors finally diagnosed and removed the benign tumor, Veliz realized she had been breathing through her mouth for five years.

Her hard work paid off with a full scholarship to St. Mary’s University. But after graduation, her options were limited.

In January, a police officer stopped her for rolling through a stop sign. Veliz didn’t have a driver’s license or residency documents, and the officer handcuffed her and turned her over to immigration officials.

Veliz assumed she would find a legal avenue to stay, but a lawyer quickly dashed her hopes.

“She told me there was nothing I could do. I had images of being thrown out of a van in Mexico,” Veliz said.

That’s when Veliz decided to go public.

Her story appeared in a New York Times column, and her friends started a Facebook group called “Don’t Deport Benita Veliz.” Several television stations picked up on the story and in a couple of weeks, she is scheduled to appear on a national Spanish language show called “Al Punto” with Jorge Ramos.

On her way to becoming the national poster child for the DREAM Act, Veliz has mixed feelings about the publicity.

“It’s not about Benita Veliz getting deported,” she said. “It’s about kids all across the nation in this situation who are not free to speak out. It’s wasted potential.”

More than anything, Veliz just wants to work. And pay taxes.

“I want to give back,” Veliz said. “By deporting me, I will never have that opportunity.”


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“I want to give back,” Veliz said. “By deporting me, I will never have that opportunity.”

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This article assumes that Mexico has no need for educated people.

What an insult to millions of Mexicans.

What do you expect? This entire article is an insult.

1 posted on 04/14/2009 10:47:13 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

GTFO!


2 posted on 04/14/2009 10:48:10 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
“I want to give back,” Veliz said. “By deporting me, I will never have that opportunity.”

Translation: I don't want to get diahrrea everytime I drink out of the faucet.

3 posted on 04/14/2009 10:48:44 AM PDT by exist
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To: pnh102

But first pay us back for all free services received.


4 posted on 04/14/2009 10:48:58 AM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: pnh102

Exactly!


5 posted on 04/14/2009 10:49:07 AM PDT by MrLee (Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalyim!! God bless Eretz Israel.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Imagine how Veliz, now 23, reacted this January when she was thrown in jail after a traffic stop because she is an unauthorized immigrant.

I imagine she felt like the illegal immigrant that she is. I hate these "boo-hoo, pity-me" stories. The fact remains that she and her parents broke the law and they should be sent back to where they came from.

6 posted on 04/14/2009 10:50:16 AM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I found myself reading and saying, “so what?”.

In the end she runs a stop sign, no drivers license, no ‘papers’.

Thank God she didn’t kill anyone.

Send her home, make sure her parents are there to greet her.


7 posted on 04/14/2009 10:52:23 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Ms. Veliz can go back to her country, and then if she feels the need, she can get in line to legally enter the US.

Since her parents are the real law breakers, I think Ms. Veliz should be allowed to apply to enter the country.

Certainly such a bright girl can understand the law, and the need to enforce laws.


8 posted on 04/14/2009 10:53:51 AM PDT by brownsfan (Kool aid comes in two new flavors: Hope and Change.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I do not want to pay for these people’s endless benefits. My property taxes are sky high because illegal alien children are getting $10,000 per year per child free education in public schools. Yeah it is $10,000.

The food stamps, free health care and endless other benefits are why YOUR taxes are so high.


9 posted on 04/14/2009 10:55:20 AM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Why did she drive without a license? I suppose that driver licenses are only for legal residents. Illegal aliens get a free pass.


10 posted on 04/14/2009 10:56:15 AM PDT by businessprofessor
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To: econjack

“In January, a police officer stopped her for rolling through a stop sign. Veliz didn’t have a driver’s license or residency documents, and the officer handcuffed her and turned her over to immigration officials.”

Here illegally, now driving without a license? Not a real sympathic figure, IMO.


11 posted on 04/14/2009 10:57:26 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: Responsibility2nd

You can’t blame an eight-year-old for coming here illegally. But you can blame her parents for bringing her, and the politicians and school authorities for winking at it all those long years.

Mexico is rich with natural resources. They have their fair share of billionaires. There’s no reason they can’t have a prosperous and happy country of their own, if they just straighten out their broken culture and politics. We are doing them no favors by hiring them on as cheap illegal labor in this country and actually encouraging them to break the law.


12 posted on 04/14/2009 10:57:59 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The MSM can be expected to play their part in advancing BO’s agenda by ramping-up illegal alien sob stories, much the same as they’re doing with their hyperdrive coverage of shootings and the “character” of those who own and use firearms. They are literally the propaganda wing of this country’s radical left.


13 posted on 04/14/2009 10:58:17 AM PDT by VR-21
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To: Responsibility2nd

Driving without a license?

Did she think she’d never get stopped?

And she was here illegally the whole time sheltered by the school system?

Bye bye.


14 posted on 04/14/2009 10:59:07 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Responsibility2nd

good. now she can be a “star deportee”.


15 posted on 04/14/2009 11:02:38 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: Frantzie

I do not want to pay for these people’s endless benefits. My property taxes are sky high because illegal alien children are getting $10,000 per year per child free education in public schools. Yeah it is $10,000.

The food stamps, free health care and endless other benefits are why YOUR taxes are so high.

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Phsst.

Drop in the bucket.

Can you just imagine what it costs to provide FREE MEDICAL CARE for illegals?

From the time they are born in the (Free) County hospital, to the time they recieve (Free) routine medical care in your local ER, and finally leading up to the the time Uncle Sam pays for their (Free) Medicare benefits as they grow old and die.


16 posted on 04/14/2009 11:03:23 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I am Legend)
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To: Cicero

You can blame a lawsuit entitled Plyler vs Doe, brought by a South African named Peter Schey who has been the brains behind a number of similar lawsuits, for her continued presence in this country, and the taxpayer burden her education represents. The reason Mexico’s development has been stunted, to a great extent, is that there is no rule of law there. They come here and bring that entire mindset about the law with them, to our distinct disadvantage. And we let them. I hope they deport her, but there is no reason why she can’t apply for legal entry.


17 posted on 04/14/2009 11:04:17 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Responsibility2nd

Gotta go!

If she’s got brains she’ll figure out a way to return in a legal manner. If not....HOLLA!


18 posted on 04/14/2009 11:05:02 AM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Hey! Unauthorized Immigrant? That’s a new one!


19 posted on 04/14/2009 11:05:38 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Pay your taxes or we’ll hunt your asses to the ends of the Earth.

Come in illegally and it’s no big deal....


20 posted on 04/14/2009 11:06:52 AM PDT by Tzimisce (http://groups.myspace.com/nailthemessiah)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"“I want to give back,” Veliz said."

How about if she just goes back?

21 posted on 04/14/2009 11:07:36 AM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Responsibility2nd
“Imagine how Veliz, now 23, reacted this January when she was thrown in jail after a traffic stop because she is an unauthorized immigrant.”

WRONG! She was thrown into jail for being an illegal invader who snuk into our country and was helping suck off the lifeblood from our social support network, our educational system, our medical system, and the taxpayers who were supporting the schools she was parasitizing.

Cruel words, but necessary ones to define the menace America and patriots are facing from their own government and elected officials in both parties who have made a career of collaborating with foreign nations and their nationals to rape and plunder us to satisfy greedy corporate executives who want to benefit from cheap labor.

22 posted on 04/14/2009 11:08:45 AM PDT by ZULU (Obamanation of Desolation is President. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

She graduated HS 5 years ago in 2002, she’s 23 years old, so conscientious, and she’s soooooo smart. Why didn’t she fix her immigration problem a long time ago. I knew whether or not I was a citizen back in HS and I wasn’t valedictorian.


23 posted on 04/14/2009 11:10:42 AM PDT by uncommonsense (liberals see what they believe and conservatives believe what they see)
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To: Responsibility2nd
She can “give back” by going back where she came from, getting in line like everybody else, and waiting her turn to get in, instead of line jumping.

If I were a LEGAL immigrant, I would resent like hell these line jumpers sneaking in front of me when I had followed all the rules, filled out all the forms, paid all the fees, and waited my turn. People like that would have been better off just sneaking across the border like all these parasites do.

And her sob story doesn't move me one bit. My guess is her attorney (probably working pro-bono), helped her manufacture it,

24 posted on 04/14/2009 11:12:45 AM PDT by ZULU (Obamanation of Desolation is President. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Why doesn’t she give back to her own country in her own country. She’s had a golden opportunity; so she should use it to help her own country while being in her own country.

Did I make myself clear she should return to her own country? :)


25 posted on 04/14/2009 11:15:21 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: uncommonsense
Stay with who?” Veliz said
This bad grammar from a valedictorian? Shouldn't it be with whom? tsk, tsk
26 posted on 04/14/2009 11:18:07 AM PDT by denfurb (proud Mama, 6 girls and 1 boy)
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To: VaBthang4

Adios muchacha!


27 posted on 04/14/2009 11:18:35 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman (Witty tagline omitted.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"She realized her college dreams were imperiled because she wasn’t eligible for federal financial aid."

Talk about your freakin' entitlement mentality!

Hey, what would you bet she voted for Obama?

28 posted on 04/14/2009 11:18:49 AM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Responsibility2nd
She has a very low opinion of us. “She told me there was nothing I could do. I had images of being thrown out of a van in Mexico,” Veliz said.

And I don't much care for her command of the language. The correct way to say it would be, "If I am deported, I will never have that opportunity." Either that, or, "By deporting me, the country will lose an opportunity to recoup costs."


29 posted on 04/14/2009 11:18:58 AM PDT by Nuhna di Abuv
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To: ZULU
If I were a LEGAL immigrant, I would resent like hell these line jumpers sneaking in front of me....

Agreed. I'll never understand why legal Mexican Americans are so eager to have illegals come here.

And take their jobs. And crowd their schools. And deplete their economic opportunities.

Legal Mexican Americans are at the "back of the bus" on so many, many levels.

Why? Why do they want even MORE illegals?

30 posted on 04/14/2009 11:21:25 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I am Legend)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Give back...to Mexico...


31 posted on 04/14/2009 11:22:49 AM PDT by wac3rd (In the end, we all are Conservative, some just need their lives jolted to realize that fact.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Ummm...

Veliz’s parents brought her across the border when she was 8 years old.

The last time she visited relatives in Mexico, she was 6.

So, where was she for two years?

This story stinks to high heaven. Send her and her parents back.

In elementary school, Benita Veliz dreaded substitute teachers.

Let's see, she was 8 when she moved here, and presumably spoke no English, or very little. Elementary school back then generally meant K-3, which ends when a child is 9. So, within a year she was a star pupil. Mkay.

“You can make a conscious decision to fight for justice.”

Fifteen years worth of living in this country, getting a free education, and now SHE wants justice.

Yet another bleeding heart article. Barf.

The consequences of Veliz’s status didn’t hit until high school, when her friends began getting drivers’ licenses and jobs at McDonald’s.

And yet they still did nothing to rectify the situation.

“At 14, was I going to drive over to Mexico? And do what? Stay with who?” Veliz said.

Perhaps the parents could have helped her. Oh, wait, that's mean for me to say.

When doctors finally diagnosed and removed the benign tumor, Veliz realized she had been breathing through her mouth for five years.

And who paid all of those doctors bills? She had a benign growth in her nose and this article makes it sound like she overcame some sort of debilitating handicap.

You are correct, this article is insulting.

32 posted on 04/14/2009 11:26:39 AM PDT by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The beginning of a series of heart wrenching stories from tagged illegals to be synchronuized with Il Douche’s immigration amnesty push.


33 posted on 04/14/2009 11:27:10 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Veliz didn’t have a driver’s license or residency documents"

and if she hit someone and paralyzed them what would happen? no license, no insurance, no desire to follow even the simplest laws. but she'll soak up all the benefits....

get out of here!

34 posted on 04/14/2009 11:30:56 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Star student? .. then perhaps she understands what the word “illegal” means.

Send her home, send the bill for the amount American Taxpayers paid for her education. .. then allow her to apply for entry legally.


35 posted on 04/14/2009 11:31:08 AM PDT by DDLL
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To: wac3rd

So now the phrase is “unauthorized immigrant?”
Wow, they really, really reach to call them anything except what they reall are.

You’re illegal, Tootsie, hasta luego.


36 posted on 04/14/2009 11:31:45 AM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Sooo, in the last 5 years she never attempted to get legal standing to become a legal immigrant?

Sounds to me like she either didn’t trust the system or wanted to avoid the system.

But now we are expected to believe she wanted to give back to the system she either doesn’t trust or want to be engaged with?


37 posted on 04/14/2009 11:39:54 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Responsibility2nd
Illegal...

...and guilty!

Or am I being to harsh?

38 posted on 04/14/2009 11:52:31 AM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: socal_parrot

Incomplete evidence. There IS a reasonable doubt.


39 posted on 04/14/2009 11:56:22 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
She works as a secretary for a church and dreams of going to law school.

So are there no law schools in Mexico? That would explain a lot...
40 posted on 04/14/2009 11:58:09 AM PDT by Moltke
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To: brownsfan

“Ms. Veliz can go back to her country, and then if she feels the need, she can get in line to legally enter the US.”

EXACTLY. Boo-hoo, cry me a f*king river. Do things legally, or get the f**k out.

I’m tired of this BS. It’s a friggin insult to all who came here legally. F*king losers.


41 posted on 04/14/2009 11:58:47 AM PDT by Levante
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To: Responsibility2nd

A few minutes searching Google shows Benita Veliz has been very active with the National Student Partnership, a group that helps direct clients, like illegals I’m guessing from her comments about her own experiences, to government funded services.

According to one NSP web site including material on Veliz:

http://www.nspnet.org/about/about_volunteers.htm

“Due to her own personal experiences, she [Veliz] has the remarkable ability to relate to her clients and put them at ease. ‘Sometimes clients tell me, “You don’t know how I feel,” but I can honestly say I do...I was there once. Helping someone to realize the value they have as a person, worker, and citizen, is the most rewarding part of client work.’”

NSP press release web site, bunch of typical liberal dem spending and Clinton Global Initiative crap.

http://www.nspnet.org/news/press_release.php

She’s such a star figure the NYT recently used her as an example in the debate over the “DREAM ACt” debate.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/28/opinion/28sat4.html

Such obvious propoganda is annoying. The articles stress her innocence, capabilities and even her religious background in order to make her case palatable to the US public, but ignore her links to liberal dem social spending groups like NSP.


42 posted on 04/14/2009 12:05:31 PM PDT by Gothmog (I fight for Xev)
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To: Responsibility2nd; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; ...

Ping!


43 posted on 04/14/2009 12:10:29 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support Our Troops ~ www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil ~)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“She works as a secretary for a church and dreams of going to law school.”

Well, this is your fist lesson on the LAW.


44 posted on 04/14/2009 12:11:15 PM PDT by yazoo (was)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“She works as a secretary for a church and dreams of going to law school.”

Cry me a freakin’ river. Tuggin’ at my heart strings. NOT!

The BTK Killer also was extremely involved in his church; that’s how they caught him.

LAW school? LOL. Guess you don’t have to be LEGAL to go to LAW school.


45 posted on 04/14/2009 12:16:45 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Responsibility2nd

Ms. Ludwig’s bias is showing. No such thing as an “unauthorized immigrant”...apparently she doesn’t know the difference between an ILLEGAL ALIEN and a LEGAL IMMIGRANT.

Open the article and click on Ms. Ludwig’s name. You can educate her.


46 posted on 04/14/2009 12:18:20 PM PDT by Kimberly GG (Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda been HUNTER.)
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To: TC Rider
My buddy was killed by an illegal immigrant - no visa, no papers, lengthy arrest record.

Send her back.

47 posted on 04/14/2009 12:19:14 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Responsibility2nd

Anybody want to count how many laws she’s broken and benefits she’s stolen from deserving Americans?


48 posted on 04/14/2009 12:20:27 PM PDT by Kimberly GG (Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda been HUNTER.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

So she’s a secretary at a church. Isn’t that nice. Evidently her church didn’t teach her to be in submission to the authorities over her. She should have been trying to correct her status, and she shouldn’t have been driving without a license. Now she’s boo-hoo-ing and looking for sympathy. Go cry to your lawless parents, honey. They’re the ones who put you in this position. Apparently the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.


49 posted on 04/14/2009 12:25:56 PM PDT by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: Kimberly GG

What I got back...(S.O.P. and get back every time I’ve ever complained to a reporter about their inaccurate terminology)

“Thanks for your feedback on the story Kim, I personally do not have a problem with the term “illegal immigrant” but our editors have chosen the term “unauthorized immigrant” as the style rule that all reporters must follow.
Take care, Melissa

Melissa Ludwig
Reporter, San Antonio Express-News
Phone: 210-250-3194
Fax: 210-250-3105
Check out our Class Notes blog at http://blogs.mysanantonio.com/weblogs/education/


50 posted on 04/14/2009 12:27:53 PM PDT by Kimberly GG (Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda been HUNTER.)
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