Skip to comments.Undocumented Student Gets A Second Chance Gets Rare Stay Of Deportation Order
Posted on 04/27/2011 8:08:03 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
HARTFORD Until Tuesday afternoon, the future was looking grim for Mariano Cardoso Jr.
Brought to this country illegally by his parents when he was a baby, the 23-year-old Capital Community College student was facing imminent deportation to Mexico, a country he did not know.
But while at school Tuesday, Cardoso got a call from Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, telling him that federal immigration officials had granted a rare stay of deportation and that in all probability he will be able to remain in the U.S. indefinitely.
(Excerpt) Read more at courant.com ...
Tough crap. Get out. You'll get to know it in no time.
Did I already say GET OUT?
Just get the **** out of my country.
Another dimocrat in Connecticut, sheesh.
I don’t have a problem with this.
He has never lived in Mexico, it is not his home- to send him there now would be bad for him.
This particular case is a problem ONLY because for the last 30 years WE DID NOT ENFORCE the law.
In fact I would go so far as to say the real problem here is suddenly trying to enforce the law after 30 years of failing to do so.
We have to address the issue of what to do with people we ignored, like illegals who have never known their home country, or people who have lived here for 20 years and have a good job and house.
But the people who came last year and went right onto welfare? SHIP ‘EM HOME NOW~! HOW DO ILLEGALS GET WELFARE?????
I am not so hard nosed as you. I DO NOT want illegal aliens who are here and do not want to assimilate. However, this person sounds like he has become an American and has assimilated into the culture.
“Undocumented Student Gets A Second Chance Gets Rare Stay Of Deportation Order”
“Illegal Alien Student Aided And Abetted By Feds To Stay In USA Illegally.”
I don't either. I have a hard time finding the mens rea of a 22-month-old baby. The guy seems like a serious student and likely the kind of person we out to welcome to the states.
But if he is not already naturalized, now is the time. It would be a great gesture of his faith in this country.
Undocumented, eh? Obama BC redux.
I wonder if any of us undocumented or without a driver’s license or a fake one would fare? We would be in jail. Why do these people keep prancing around? Who protects them?
Yeah right. That stupid claim alone should get him deported. Or, if true, it's about time he did!
I keep suggesting that any person who can be shown to ever have been in the US illegally cannot ever obtain citizenship. And if that doesn't cut down on illegal immigration, extend it out to immediate relatives. I.e., if a parent, child, or sibling has ever been in the US illegally, then citizenship can never be conferred.
He's not 22 months now. He's been a legal adult for FIVE YEARS.
In those FIVE YEARS, what did he do? He hid out. He didn't step up.
22 months old? Not culpable for his parents' action. He's 23 now.
He should be deported and take his parents with him.
Geez all the way to Community College and he doesn't know Mexico? That's some US taxpayer money well spent..../s
Well, put. (And funny, too.)
Let's see. In those five years he finished high school and went to college. What an ingrate he is. Working hard in school instead of mowing your lawn.
See post 14.
Related story.Olga Zanella, a Mexican-born college student in Texas, should have started months ago trying to figure out how she could make a life in Mexico, since American immigration authorities were working resolutely to deport her there But Ms. Zanella, 20, could not bring herself to make plans. She was paralyzed by fear of a violent country she could not remember, where she had no close family.
Ms. Zanella, who has been living illegally in the United States since her parents brought her here when she was 5, had been trying to fight her deportation for more than two years. She was pulled over by the local police in February 2009 as she was driving in her hometown, Irving, Tex., and did not have a drivers license. The police handed her over to immigration agents.
Her case looked bleak, but in recent days everything changed. Last Thursday, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement official in Dallas summoned Ms. Zanella and told her she could remain in this country, under the agencys supervision, if she stayed in school and out of trouble.
Encouraged by the surprising turnaround, Ms. Zanellas parents and two siblings, who also had been living in the United States illegally, presented papers late Monday to ICE, as the agency is known, turning themselves in and requesting some form of legal immigration status.
Its an opportunity we are going to take, Ms. Zanella said in a telephone interview from Dallas. Its better than being in the shadows.
The about-face by ICE in Ms. Zanellas case is an example of the kind of action Democratic lawmakers and Latino and immigrant groups have been demanding from the Obama administration to slow deportations of illegal immigrants who have not been convicted of crimes. In particular, pressure is increasing on President Obama to offer protection from deportation to illegal immigrant college students who might have been eligible for legal status under a bill in Congress known as the Dream Act.
In an April 13 letter, the top two Democrats in the Senate, Harry Reid of Nevada and Richard Durbin of Illinois, asked the president to suspend deportations for those students. But short of that, the senators asked Mr. Obama to set guidelines by which those students could come forward individually to ask to be spared deportation and to obtain some authorization to remain in the United States. The letter was signed by 20 other Senate Democrats. The Dream Act passed the House but failed in the Senate in December.
Homeland Security officials have said their focus is increasingly on removing immigrants who are convicted criminals. That, in fact, is what an ICE official told Ms. Zanella in explaining the new decision in her case.
The agent said ICE was supposed to be concentrating on criminals, not on Dream students, said Ralph Isenberg, a Dallas businessman who advocates for immigrants and made it his cause to prevent Ms. Zanella from being deported. Mr. Isenbergs challenges to ICE had kept Ms. Zanella in the country even after the final date for her deportation in February.
As long as I do well in school and stay out of trouble, I will be out of trouble with ICE, Ms. Zanella said she was told. She has to report to ICE every month.
ICE officials declined to comment on the case, citing privacy policies.
ICE officials in central Florida recently invited immigration lawyers to bring forward illegal immigrants facing deportation who did not have criminal records, offering provisional authorization for them to remain here and work legally.
On Tuesday, immigration authorities suspended the deportation of Mariano Cardoso, 23, a Mexican student at Capital Community College in Connecticut, according to Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, who had pressed Mr. Cardosos cause. ICEs decision ended a two-year battle against deportation for Mr. Cardoso.
But nationwide the administrations deportations policy remains confused and erratically implemented, immigration lawyers said, with many students and immigrants without criminal records being deported.
The administration needs to make it clear to the public and to the rank and file within ICE that it has a firm and clear policy of enforcing the law within its priorities and discouraging going after cases that are not within its priorities, said Gregory Chen, director of advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. But that is just not happening consistently.
Ms. Zanella is studying at North Lake College in Irving to become a dentist. The police in Irving never explained why they stopped her and never issued any traffic ticket, Mr. Isenberg said.
ICE agents made no promises to Ms. Zanellas family. Her father, José Victor Zanella, said: We are ready to trust in the system.
I am extremely against illegals, but I have mixed feelings about this case. He came as an infant and grew up in the American experience as much as the rest of us. I can imagine myself in his shoes. But, where do we draw the line? There must be many thousands of cases that are murkier than this one. Who is wise enough to make the right decisions about who goes and who stays?
You are a sucker because the Hispanic agitators want every illegal alien Hispanic to stay here. No matter whether they are college students or criminals or drunk drivers. Your ideas only encourage illegal aliens to bring their illegal alien children here too. Our schools are swamped by them in some parts of country
You are so right. In any crowd gatherings, they are the ones who fly their Mexican flags. Never saw them fly our American flag, ever.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.