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Citizen of nowhere: The story of one undocumented student
Las Vegas Sun ^ | Jan. 3, 2011 | April Corbin

Posted on 01/03/2011 1:44:36 AM PST by moonshinner_09

When Jessica was selected as Student of the Year in eighth grade, she should have celebrated this goldest of gold stars. Instead, she slammed doors, bawled her eyes out and let her parents know she would hate them for the rest of her life.

What they were doing to her wasn’t right. It wasn’t fair. She’d been a model student, and now her middle school wanted to reward her by footing half the bill for a trip to Washington, D.C. — home to all the presidents whose birthdays and middle names she’d memorized.

Her parents wouldn’t let her go. They said they had their reasons, none of which would suffice for a 13-year-old who really, really, really wanted to get on that plane.

It’s a scene that plays out in homes across America — the battle between a teenager with a desire and parents saddled with responsibility — but for Jessica this fight was more than that. It was the moment she realized she was not like her classmates, not like the 50 students going on this class trip without her.

It was the first time she fully grasped the words undocumented immigrant — and understood that they applied to her.

“Up until then I realized there was this issue with other people, but in my mind it wasn’t me,” says Jessica, now 22, whose parents kept her home because they were afraid of what might happen if someone in airline security discovered her immigration status. “I knew we’d traveled here, but we couldn’t possibly be illegal or doing anything wrong. When you’re at that age, it’s like, ‘My mom and dad are awesome; they would never do anything bad.’ ”

(Excerpt) Read more at lasvegassun.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; boofreakinghoo; dreamact; immigration
The immigration bill now in existence was enacted to prevent the kind of problems we have now but the feds did not enforce it so what would this Dream Act do? Not a thing, it will make all these illegals citizens and a new group of illegals will invade the US wishing to get amnesty also.
1 posted on 01/03/2011 1:44:40 AM PST by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09
No driver's license? No credit cards? No Social Security Card, no nothin? Bummer, Jessica!

I'm so bummed you won't be able to take a scholarship that one of my three grand daughters might have been able to get were it not for people like you - illegal. I'm so bummed you won't even try to get a job now. Maybe you can just go on welfare or something. Maybe you can ask Obama how he got a SS card from Connecticut, a state in which he's never lived. Maybe you can also ask him how he's gotten along without a birth certificate showing he was born here. And the driver's license? Give me a friggin break, girl...you know as well as anyone else they (illegals) get them all the time, or just drive without them....maybe you should take some spanish lessons and go back to your motherland.

2 posted on 01/03/2011 1:55:02 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: moonshinner_09

I’m all in tears, now before the special exception crowd shows up. Put her and her illegal parents, etc, on the bus and send them home. I’ll wave bye and put up the tissue.


3 posted on 01/03/2011 1:57:18 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Gaffer

“Undocumented student” is sort of like a check with “insufficient funds”. Both draw on funds provided by others.


4 posted on 01/03/2011 2:01:51 AM PST by glorgau
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To: moonshinner_09
the battle between a teenager with a desire and parents saddled with responsibility except that the parents weren't responsible enough to enter this country legally.

So they're all basically children with desires.

5 posted on 01/03/2011 2:04:02 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: moonshinner_09
I would like to see Congress subpoena April Corbin (the author of this story), so she could come before a committee to explain why she supports illegal immigration and the subversion of US law.

I think if these "journalists" find themselves sitting before Congress every time they write a story promoting illegal immigration, they will wise up and stop doing so. It will get rather expensive very quickly!

6 posted on 01/03/2011 2:19:58 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Obama has demonstrated to the world the failure of Affirmative Action)
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To: moonshinner_09

Go back to your home country. We DON’T want you here. Bye Bye.


7 posted on 01/03/2011 2:20:21 AM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: Cowboy Bob
No, bring Jessica and her parents forward to testify how they scammed the system, ignored warnings and/or evaded authorities all the time it took to accomplish an American education for their illegal daughter.

Grill them as to why they witheld information from their daughter.

Ask Jessica if she never ? questioned her citizenship in this day and age of alien/citizenship conversation(s) ?

8 posted on 01/03/2011 2:32:58 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: knarf

And after they have done all that, send her back to Mexico along with the PARENTS who did this to her. I am sure she can get documentation there.


9 posted on 01/03/2011 2:47:32 AM PST by Seabeejas
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To: moonshinner_09

Immigration can only be resolved by going after the Employers of illegals.


10 posted on 01/03/2011 2:50:10 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Beware the Big Government Media Complex)
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To: Gaffer

My sentiments exactly! And kudos to your profile.

Semper fi


11 posted on 01/03/2011 2:58:09 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: moonshinner_09

They never intended to enforce them. They are using all of us to get their greedy pig fists on our money.


12 posted on 01/03/2011 3:20:43 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: screaminsunshine
Immigration can only be resolved by going after the Employers of illegals.


13 posted on 01/03/2011 5:16:35 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Tralala boom-dee-aye!)
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To: screaminsunshine

And deporting everyone *caught* being here illegally. No excuses/exemptions!


14 posted on 01/03/2011 5:41:43 AM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: moonshinner_09

and the person in the White House has the same problem


15 posted on 01/03/2011 5:49:54 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Gaffer

I agree with your post. We can’t get misty-eyed over every sweet looking little illegal immigrant with a sad story.

How about the sad stories of our citizens who can’t get jobs because of these illegals?

BTW, there’s a poll on the page of the newspaper and only 4 people have voted on it.

We need to let the reporter see how this country’s citizens feel about the issue by voting on that poll.


16 posted on 01/03/2011 5:59:43 AM PST by IceAge
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To: moonshinner_09

She can thank her parents for her heartbreak and her dilema. That is part of the consequences of living a life outside the law.

She should also consider the fact that she and her family did more than cross a border illegally. They are guilty of ongoing theft.

Since their arrival they have been stealing services paid for by taxpayers. Every day she went to school they were stealing from taxpayers under false pretenses by lying and pretending to be citizens.

And the advisors in college who helped her play the system should be horsewhipped and jailed.

The taxpayers and innocent citizens are the real victims here. The culprits are people like her parents, herself and people within the system who try to spin opinion to portray the people doing wrong as the victims.


17 posted on 01/03/2011 6:08:06 AM PST by Iron Munro (Claire Wolfe: You can't kill the beast while sucking at its teat)
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To: IceAge
I went to vote on the poll and got this message:

Would you support passage of the Dream Act? We didn't record your vote,

I guess thye didn't like the way the poll was going so they quit recording votes.

18 posted on 01/03/2011 6:24:53 AM PST by dpa5923 (Small minds talk about people, normal minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.)
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To: moonshinner_09

Sometimes parents screw over their kids. It’s just a fact of life. This is just one way they do it.


19 posted on 01/03/2011 6:48:57 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: moonshinner_09
Yet one more instance of ICE knowing exactly who and where some illegal aliens are and nothing is going to happen to them. I don't see why this young, illegally present woman is worried.

She might want to consider a quickie gringo, or negro if that's her predilection, wedding so she become legal. /sarcasm

20 posted on 01/03/2011 7:10:15 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: IceAge
BTW, there’s a poll on the page of the newspaper and only 4 people have voted on it.
That's not very many.

We need to let the reporter see how this country’s citizens feel about the issue by voting on that poll.
If there's a comparison of voters vs # times article viewed then I would say this country’s citizens have shown the reporter how they feel by not voting.
It's not even worth their time to take the poll.

21 posted on 01/03/2011 7:15:44 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: IceAge

It refused my vote.


22 posted on 01/03/2011 7:18:52 AM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: yldstrk
and the person in the White House has the same problem

When I saw the title of the thread that was my first thought, too!

23 posted on 01/03/2011 7:25:50 AM PST by azishot
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To: azishot

If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.


24 posted on 01/03/2011 7:27:45 AM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: Lazamataz

Here in AZ we (regular people) just refer to them as ILLEGALS. Period. The media calls them undocumented...but they don’t count.


25 posted on 01/03/2011 7:33:08 AM PST by azishot
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To: Gaffer

They didn’t mean to stay forever but plans change. What a crock! This poor girl’s parents stayed in the US either knowing full well the problems she would encounter or more likely because of all the talk of amnesty that was going around a few years ago. They figured they would get amnesty and everything would be hunky dory. Now they are in the “S@#t” as Gordon Ramsey would say.

Undocumented immigrant. Is that anything like an illegal alien?

I am rabidly opposed to amnesty and have spent literally hours of time emailing and calling legislators to oppose it. If the DREAM ACT would do nothing more than let 68,000 kids stay here permanently and go to college or join the military I would probably be OK with it but as we all know that is not the case. This backdoor amnesty bill was going to allow people up to 30 years old to be included and then let them apply to bring their whole famdamily in from Mexico. So in reality it would have been about 2 million people.

Its not the fault of the kids but it is the fault of the parents who came here illegally and choices have consquences. These kids don’t have the right to take scholarships that legitimate US kids could be getting. Sorry I’m just not buying this emotional blackmail scheme by the uber lefties.


26 posted on 01/03/2011 7:39:27 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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27 posted on 01/03/2011 8:52:26 AM PST by HiJinx (Where did 2010 go?)
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To: moonshinner_09

custody follows the parents.

They ARE illegal and subject to deportation, so she could go with them upon deportation.

Besides how do ILLEGAL ALIENS afford such expensive class trips?

for every illegal alien in a school, some legal resident or citizen is deprived of opportunites.


28 posted on 01/03/2011 10:21:46 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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