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Officials will drop efforts to deport parents of gifted child
Los Angeles Times ^ | 3 Feb 2007 | Teresa Watanabe

Posted on 02/03/2007 4:28:09 PM PST by Kitten Festival

U.S. immigration officials announced Friday that they would drop efforts to deport the illegal immigrant parents of an academically gifted American child, ending a nine-year battle over whether exceptional educational needs can avert deportation.

Benjamin and Londy Cabrera, who illegally emigrated from Mexico and Guatemala, respectively, in the 1980s, argued that deportation would cause "exceptional and extremely unusual hardship" to their two American daughters, both Los Angeles natives.

In particular, attorneys for the Cabrera family cited the special academic needs of 15-year-old Diana, a straight-A student who has been identified as exceptionally gifted and honored with national awards. Their case attracted the attention of several elected officials, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who unsuccessfully sponsored a private bill for the parents to secure legal status.

"I am speechless," Londy Cabrera said in a telephone interview from Reno, where she moved her family from Bell Gardens in 2005. "Sometimes I lost my faith and said, 'Forget it, it's over,' but because of my daughters I kept going. Now I feel like flying."

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: illegals; immigrantping; immigrationlist; mexico
Believe it or not, I think this is ok. The big problem with absorbing millions of illegal immigrants is their lack of cultural values which values education. The biggest underachievers in all US education are illegal immigrant kids, who usually drop out. Letting this family stay sends a message to the illegal alien community that if your kids are high achievers, the Migra's gonna be merciful and hard work where it counts is going to be rewarded. That will go a long way to assimilating these illegals, which, given their numbers is something we are gonna have to do. Better to assimilate high achievers than human garbage that doesn't believe in education and inevitably votes chavista.
1 posted on 02/03/2007 4:28:11 PM PST by Kitten Festival
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To: Kitten Festival

There's something in the law called "laches." I think I spelled that right. It means that if you have a right and you rest on the right for a long time, you lose that right. IMHO, the government should be bound in some cases. If the fed government hadn't caught up to these people in all that time, and they've done a good job of being de facto citizens, then I think that they should be citizens. Maybe it isn't fair to people who do it the right way but hey, life isn't fair.


2 posted on 02/03/2007 4:31:54 PM PST by Mercat
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To: Kitten Festival

I'm a strong supporter of immigration, and have just as strong a dislike of illegal immigration.

A country like ours needs legal immigration to keep a vibrant and innovative population. After all, with the exception of the Native Americans and the GEICO Caveman, we all are the result of immigration.

All that having been said, should this family be the exception? Probably not, but on human terms, if they have been fighting deportation since the 80's, and the kids are so talented, I can see where it would be this countries benefit to make the exception.


3 posted on 02/03/2007 4:40:19 PM PST by Lokibob (Some people are like slinkys. Useless, but if you throw them down the stairs, you smile.)
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To: Kitten Festival

They violated the law. I don't care if their kids create the next best thing since sliced bread - they're CRIMINALS. Deport post haste.


4 posted on 02/03/2007 4:44:39 PM PST by KantianBurke
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To: Kitten Festival

A good call in my opinion. Reward excellence, and disdain the opposite.


5 posted on 02/03/2007 4:52:33 PM PST by billhilly
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To: Kitten Festival
that deportation would cause "exceptional and extremely unusual hardship" to their two American daughters,

The kids should not be Americans because their parents were here illegally. That needs to be changed for the future.

6 posted on 02/03/2007 4:56:16 PM PST by Michael.SF. (It's time our lawmakers paid more attention to their responsibilities, and less to their privileges.)
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To: Kitten Festival
Under federal law, immigrants can win cancellation of their deportation orders if they have been in the United States for 10 years, demonstrated "good moral character," not been convicted of criminal offenses and shown that their removal would pose an "exceptional and extremely unusual hardship" to their American parents, spouses or children. The Cabreras furnished evidence that they pay taxes, obey the law, volunteer in their community and work — Benjamin as a waiter and Londy as a teacher's aide.

Looks like they are the reason this loophole exists.
7 posted on 02/03/2007 4:59:12 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi

(...The Cabreras furnished evidence that they pay taxes, obey the law...)
Whoops! Strike the 'obey the law' part! If they are in the US illegally, they don't "obey the law".


8 posted on 02/03/2007 5:17:02 PM PST by whipitgood (Public schools have replaced a biblical moral code with pragmatism. Civilization, beware!)
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To: Kitten Festival

What a crock of Bull.


9 posted on 02/03/2007 5:23:42 PM PST by org.whodat (Never let the facts get in the way of a good assumption.)
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To: Kitten Festival

By God, that little gal better find a cure for cancer or something! If she decides to drop out and have babies in another couple of years, a whole lot of people are going to feel like chumps.


10 posted on 02/03/2007 5:24:41 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: KantianBurke

You violate the law everytime you go over the speed limit too. What's your point?


11 posted on 02/03/2007 5:33:30 PM PST by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace

usually when one breaks the law, they suffer an appropriate penalty for doing so. If one speeds, one is fined. Thats what the law prescribes. Being here illegally should have as a consequence DEPORTATION. Or is this case one of those "hypertechnicalities" that the NJ Supreme Court lectured us about a few years back?


12 posted on 02/03/2007 5:39:21 PM PST by KantianBurke
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To: Kitten Festival

So if I rob a bank and give most of the money to charity, I can expect to be given a pass?


13 posted on 02/03/2007 5:43:15 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Kitten Festival

So - what is the difference between the "need" for exceptional educational situation and the needs of say a learning disabled illegal immigrant's child?

Any exception to the rules makes yet another opening in an already swiss cheese immigration policy...

And yes, I understand what you are trying to say regarding those who actually work hard and value education. But...


14 posted on 02/03/2007 5:45:35 PM PST by TheBattman (I've got TWO QUESTIONS for you....)
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To: Kitten Festival

Gifted doesn't mean high achiever or hard worker. Argument could exist that a disabled or delayed child works even HARDER to succeed than a gifted child.

So are you saying "Keep the smart ones and throw the other ones back over the fence"? What about the cute ones versus the more homely ones? Sorry. We have American gifted kids with American parents we should worry about first. There are gifted kids in LOTS of third world countries whose parents couldn't swim the oceans to break them into the United States.


15 posted on 02/03/2007 5:53:15 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: whipitgood
I wonder whose SS # they stole to pay their taxes under?
16 posted on 02/03/2007 5:54:02 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Free Scooter Now!)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

oops forgot to add: (...The Cabreras furnished evidence that they pay taxes, obey the law...)


17 posted on 02/03/2007 5:57:31 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Free Scooter Now!)
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To: Kitten Festival

What a great idea! Flaunt and trample our laws! Its no problem, just as long as you promise to have "gifted" children, whatever that means.

Why don't we just go ahead a erase our borders? American citizenship is overrated anyway. Its obsolete for us global citizens.

God bless the North American Union!!!

sarcasm/off


18 posted on 02/03/2007 6:03:45 PM PST by abishai
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To: Kitten Festival

Deport illegals and Muslims.


19 posted on 02/03/2007 6:04:54 PM PST by rbosque
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To: Kitten Festival

"Under federal law, immigrants can win cancellation of their deportation orders if they have been in the United States for 10 years..."

OMG, so if they are sneaky enough to avoid deportation for 10 years, they are rewarded, unbelievable.


20 posted on 02/03/2007 6:30:28 PM PST by sasha123
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To: kinoxi
The Cabreras furnished evidence that they pay taxes, obey the law,

I would bet you ten to one right now that if you could go to the hospital where these illegals were born you would find that the tax payers paid for their delivery. And probably all their medical bills there after.

21 posted on 02/03/2007 6:45:03 PM PST by org.whodat (Never let the facts get in the way of a good assumption.)
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To: whipitgood
Under federal law, immigrants can win cancellation of their deportation orders if they have been in the United States for 10 years, demonstrated "good moral character," not been convicted of criminal offenses and shown that their removal would pose an "exceptional and extremely unusual hardship" to their American parents, spouses or children.

Under federal law.
22 posted on 02/04/2007 4:54:23 AM PST by kinoxi
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To: ccmay
"...By God, that little gal better find a cure for cancer or something...!"

She could develop into the World's Smartest Woman!

:-(

23 posted on 02/04/2007 9:37:47 AM PST by Eclectica (Ask your MD about Evolution. Please!)
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