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A Teenís Immigration Reform: Seeing amnesty as long shot, he self deports
The Christian Science Monitor ^ | Sunday, April 7, 2013 | Erin Siegal

Posted on 04/07/2013 11:05:59 AM PDT by kristinn

At 18, Sergio Santamaría was in a place most American high school seniors dream of. Thanks to a financial need-based scholarship, he'd gotten an excellent education from an elite prep school, The Bishop's School in La Jolla, Calif. He'd been on the honor roll, served as a student ambassador tour guide, and had also been accepted to two well-ranked colleges: The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., and Fordham University, in New York City.

But Mr. Santamaría had been brought into the United States from Mexico as a baby. He'd been undocumented his entire life, and the vulnerability of an uncertain future weighed heavily on him.

Late in the evening on his graduation day, May 31, 2011, he took an irreversible step. He self-deported.

SNIP

Santamaría says he was trying to do the right thing by following the rules.

"I've always said that there is a proper way to do things for a reason," he says. "I am the most indecisive person you will meet, yet this decision was one of the least difficult."

He does admit, however, that "I now have a real sense as to why there is so much opposition to legalization.

"Let's say I start the process tomorrow through a family member to gain documentation, and then tomorrow Congress passes an IRCA 2.0 that legalizes people in the US and would have legalized me," he posits, referring to the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 that offered amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants living in the US.

"Yes, it would feel like a slight. After all, I did the 'right' thing…. And yet now, I am the 'fool' who decided to leave and follow the correct procedural avenues instead of staying undocumented, living in the shadows."

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: amnesty; illegalimmigration
Good for him for doing the right thing when he came of age.
1 posted on 04/07/2013 11:05:59 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

God bless him. I hope he goes through the proper channels and becomes an American citizen the right and legal way.


2 posted on 04/07/2013 11:08:52 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: kristinn

I wish there were some way to give this guy his citizenship and send a random member of Congress to Mexico in exchange.


3 posted on 04/07/2013 11:10:07 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: kristinn
Seeing amnesty as long shot, he self deports

He's clearly not been paying attention. With liberal democRATs and like-minded Republicans advocating for it, amnesty is a given; it's only a matter of time.

4 posted on 04/07/2013 11:10:39 AM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: kristinn
I say good for him and God Bless as well. And given the US economy under Democratic Socialists, he may have better chance at getting a job and career in Mexico or elsewhere on the planet.

And he should talk to Carlos Slim Helu. Helu seems to have no problem making money, and could probably use smart guys.


5 posted on 04/07/2013 11:14:31 AM PDT by Clock King
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To: kristinn

A couple thoughts:

-Yes he is doing the right thing by going back.

-But yes, he is a chump by going back. Many times my wife, who is not an American, and I joke grimly about how easier it would have been for us had she snuck in through Mexico, not marry, and we live on welfare and just breed.

-Elite prep schools and acceptance to respectable universities is hardly “living in the shadows”.


6 posted on 04/07/2013 11:15:04 AM PDT by Gefreiter
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To: thecodont

“God bless him. I hope he goes through the proper channels and becomes an American citizen the right and legal way.”

Absolutely!


7 posted on 04/07/2013 11:18:07 AM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: thecodont

Sounds like this young man will make a very fine American. :)


8 posted on 04/07/2013 11:19:44 AM PDT by The Duke (We don't rent pigs, but apparently we *do* ELECT them.)
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To: kristinn

Nice try. Now, if these “reporters” will tell us about the 10,000+ folks who didn’t do any of these great things, but have lived here without insurance, but can vote, and still expect our money for food, welfare, and health care, we can start a discussion.


9 posted on 04/07/2013 11:20:52 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

Debating with pathological liars is pointless. Add to that pathologically lying debate moderators, and you have the last 20 rears of politics in America.


10 posted on 04/07/2013 11:27:25 AM PDT by Dogbert41
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To: kristinn
Santamaría says he was trying to do the right thing by following the rules.

In other words, this kid has more regard and respect for the laws of the United States than most US politicians - nearly every Democrat and most Republicans.

Meanwhile, because he has decided to abide by the laws of the nation he grew up in, he will have to wait until he's around 40 to finally acquire US citizenship legally, even though he apparently has the education and background to become a productive taxpayer tomorrow. Meanwhile, the illegals who bring nothing but demands on the US taxpayer are defended by armies of liberals.

We punish the worthy and law-abiding and reward the worthless law-breakers - we couldn't design our own downfall any faster.
11 posted on 04/07/2013 11:28:57 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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12 posted on 04/07/2013 11:31:53 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Gefreiter

My GF is a Canadian green-card holder and it took her 6 years from start to finish to process and these mexiclowns want it in less than a year.


13 posted on 04/07/2013 11:41:18 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

We punish the worthy and law-abiding and reward the worthless law-breakers
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Little hazy on the ‘facts’ but seem to remember a few years ago an ‘illegal mother’ was deported after being discovered she was illegal, while ‘searching for her benefits’ due to the death of her son who was KIA while a member of the US Army while in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Think a couple of Pols tried to intervene but don’t remember what the outcome was.

I realize she was illegal but considering the circumstances, she had paid her dues.


14 posted on 04/07/2013 11:55:15 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --I turn 75 next year- but remember, that's only 24 Celsius. (TKS R. Reagan))
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To: max americana

Exactly. I married a foreigner and it took several years, a bunch of money, and a whole lot of paperwork and outright degradation - the INS treats native born Americans like crap - to adjust his status.


15 posted on 04/07/2013 11:59:53 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Alberta's Child

Keep him and deport 50 illegal alien gangbangers, thugs, drug dealers and child molestors


16 posted on 04/07/2013 12:02:33 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: kabumpo

Here’s what my Gf went through:

1) Paid, waited for the Royal Mounted Police to create a criminal background check which took 6 months to process

2) Paid/waited for a blood test, urine test/medical test (Yup, i said WTF!?)—and she’s a licensed physician

3) HAD to go back to Ireland to get ANOTHER background check as she was born near Dublin

4) Exit interview: here’s the lunacy—there are 6 consulates in Canada, and EVERYONE has to go to Montreal just to receive their green cards—even though we both resided in vancouver BC.

and these effing mexitards want it all in 1 year..F em all


17 posted on 04/07/2013 12:05:13 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: kristinn

No matter how you interpret this story it is still an example of liberal geoproximity bigotry that dogmatically asserts that a border country to the USA has greater immigration rights than someone in the Ukraine or Japan or South Africa to name but a scant few.

Any honest discussion of the Unregistered Democrat problem does not start with border security but rather with Mexican reparations to the citizens of the United States for their billion dollar multigenerational bailout of one of the richest countries in the world.


18 posted on 04/07/2013 12:05:17 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: kristinn

Hogwash! So, this reporter just happened to be in Tiajuana and this story fell into his lap? I don’t think so. This kid applied for college and got accepted along with with nice scholarships makes this story sound all the more mushy. Not. What about the student/s who weren’t able to go to college because he had that scholarship monies tied up? What about the student/s who weren’t accepted because he took their place. No, not a nice feel good story whatsoever. Frankly, I’m chalking this trip back to Mexico is just another teenage stunt of acting out.


19 posted on 04/07/2013 12:10:48 PM PDT by bgill
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To: thecodont

amen. i wish all the rest of them would self deport and respect our laws.

i also wish we had our version of mexico’s illegal immigrant laws too.


20 posted on 04/07/2013 1:39:41 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: max americana

My daughter-in-law was a green-card holder from Calgary and took her the exact amount of time. Living in Canada she was bought up believing it was ‘’racist’’ to deny citizenship to people even if they broke the law entering someone else’s country. It didn’t take her long after being here for a little while and working as a bank-teller, watching illegals scam the system and cry ‘’racism’’ when they’re caught for her to realize how much she had been lied to.


21 posted on 04/07/2013 6:23:35 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: jmacusa

“My daughter-in-law was a green-card holder from Calgary and took her the exact amount of time”

She got in like me, 2007 and just like your DIL, she’s a convert. It’s 5 x harder now to immigrate to canada than it was 5 years ago and unlike here in America, they only allow people with actual education and skills to help the country...unlike the open border policy for illegals here.


22 posted on 04/08/2013 7:25:29 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: max americana

Yeah but don’t they love lecturing us on how ‘’racist’’ it is to deny ‘’undocumented’’ immigrants the right to break in here.


23 posted on 04/09/2013 12:12:59 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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