August 23, 2007
I Feel Safer
Knowing that Fiorella Maza is back in Peru certainly makes me feel safer. This Peruvian track star, college student and ballet dancer was clearly a threat to our values:
Fiorella Maza, a standout student, ballet dancer and track star, had just started her freshman year at Miami Dade College when immigration agents knocked on her door.
Instantly, her middle-class American life was turned upside down.
Maza now spends most of her time inside a drafty old home in Peru's capital city. She's dislodged from her circle of friends, socially disoriented. She speaks only rudimentary Spanish.
''I never thought I could be sent to Peru,'' said Maza, 19, who was brought to West Kendall illegally as a toddler and was deported in March. ``It's like a foreign country to me.''
Don't get outraged just yet. Save your anger for this:
A federal judge dropped charges against former CIA operative and anti-Castro Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles on Tuesday, blasting what she called government "fraud, deceit and trickery" in an interview with Posada that led to the charges.
Posada, 79, was charged with seven counts of immigration fraud. He was arrested in Miami in May 2005 after entering the country illegally.
U.S. district judge Kathleen Cardone ordered Posada's electronic bracelet cut off in the courtroom Tuesday and cleared the way for him to return to Miami a free man.
Posada's attorney, Arturo Hernandez, told CNN the ruling was "an incredible legal victory."
The Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security said they were reviewing Cardone's decision.
On October 6th, 1976 Cubana Flight 455 was destroyed after takeoff by a bomb detonation that had been placed in the aircraft toilets in which all seventy-three people on board were killed, including many young members of a Cuban fencing team. Five people from North Korea were also killed on board the flight. This bombing would have been plotted at the same meeting, attended by Luis Posada Carriles and DINA agent Michael Townley, where Chilean former minister Orlando Letelier's assassination, in Washington, D.C. in 1976, was decided. Bosch was jailed in Venezuela awaiting trial for his role concerning the Cubana Flight 455 bombing, but he was never convicted of these charges.
In 1968 Bosch was arrested in Florida for an attack on a Polish freighter with a 57 mm recoilless rifle and was as a result sent to prison for a ten year term. In 1987, almost a decade after the Flight 455 incident, Bosch was freed from Venezuelan charges and went to the United States, assisted by US Ambassador to Venezuela Otto Reich; there, he was ultimately arrested for a parole violation. Bosch was pardoned of all American charges by President George H.W. Bush on July 18, 1990 at the request of his son Jeb Bush, who later became Governor of Florida; this pardon was despite objections by the then President's own defense department, that Bosch was one of the most deadly terrorists working "within the hemisphere." Although many countries seek Bosch's extradition he remains free in the United States. The political pressure to grant Bosch a pardon was begun during the congressional campaign run by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, herself a Cuban American, and overseen by her campaign manager Jeb Bush. The resultant pardon reputedly saw huge celebrations in Miami, in what was then called 'Free Orlando Day.'"
Like father, like son.
George Bush's America: protecting us against Peruvian teenagers, providing refuge for a terrorist. The mind reels.
Now, Randy Paul should try to be as grown up as possible and think about this from a public policy perspective. The reason they're "seeing these kinds of cases more and more" (and they might not be lying) is because in the past we've shown that if someone brings or has a child here they stand a better chance of being able to stay. If we continue to do that, more people will take advantage of that "policy", resulting in even more cases, resulting in even more of a problem.
However, if we show that doesn't work, people in foreign countries will realize it won't work and won't come here illegally expecting it to work out OK.
Plus, she's not stateless: she's a citizen of Peru and they can take care of her. And, if she's as brilliant as they say (aren't all the students they use in pieces like this?), then she'll be a great asset to Peru.
I note also that the article is basically an ad for the DREAMAct, one of the most anti-American bills ever introduced. For a 30 second introduction to why it's so, see this: youtube.com/watch?v=Q_l4Lawj14A
BTW, I've got a whole category just about media reports just like this; see the link. You'd be surprised how similar most of the articles are. You might even feel just a tiny bit like a useful idiot, but I'm sure it will pass in time.
Posted by: My category just about this issue | Aug 23, 2007 10:44:48 PM
"However, if we show that doesn't work, people in foreign countries will realize it won't work and won't come here illegally expecting it to work out OK."
It does work and it should work. Deporting people who have lived their entire lives in the U.S. is not the answer to illegal immigration. Actually, deporting illegals in general is not the answer. Crack down on the border, expand legal immigration, crack down on employers, implement a national ID card, create a coherent pathway to earned citizenship for the illegals already here, etc. This is reform that works, as opposed to laughable deportations of a few random unlucky people out of a pool of literally tens of millions.
And do you really think the main reason parents bring their children to the U.S. with them is so that the parents have a better chance of not being deported? You know, maybe they just like having their kids around?
Posted by: Korha | Aug 23, 2007 11:05:03 PM
Oh, and the whole "Bush Sr. pardoning a dangerous terrorist" thing is pretty depressing, but at this point par for the course.
Posted by: Korha | Aug 23, 2007 11:06:26 PM
Why are you blaming the Posada incident on the Bush administration? The Justice Department was seeking to convict him and was thwarted by a federal judge. Are you claiming that the justice department purposely botched the prosecution so that he could go free?
Posted by: Gary | Aug 24, 2007 1:34:57 AM
Clearly, this country has far, far too many 'standout students, ballet dancers and track stars'. Send the dirty high IQ, high productivity, healthy brown people back where they belong. She was taking a perfectly good college slot from some good Jeebus-fearing white person.
What kind of deranged racist moron thinks that the circumstances of Ms. Maza's arrival in the US are more important than what she's achieved in the nineteen years since she arrived? Who thinks that we, the US, are richer for having 'caught' her in her attempt to... make a happy, successful life in the US?
Posted by: NBarnes | Aug 24, 2007 2:42:03 AM
Cubans are not part of the immigration debate. Every Cuban who comes to the United States - legal or not - is inherently anti-Castro and to be welcomed and celebrated, facts be damned.
Posted by: Stephen | Aug 24, 2007 8:35:37 AM
Because they sought to screw the pooch from the beginning. Read the judge's decision. Couple it with Bush's father's pardon of Orlando Bosch. Do you think that this is all coincidence?
I'm certainly no fan of Chávez, but they should have sent him to Venezuela - along with Bosch.
Posted by: Randy Paul | Aug 24, 2007 9:47:31 AM
As much as I'm against illegal immigration, sending this woman back to Peru was simply wrong. However, we live in a country where 70% of it's citizens never get to go to college, most because they can't afford to. It's hard to justify taking the slots and scholarships that are available and giving them to foreigners. A leaders first duty must always be to their own people, anyone who fails to understand that simply doesn't understand that leadership is a burden, it is not a right to do whatever you think is most noble.
Posted by: Soullite | Aug 24, 2007 10:32:36 AM
Korha: thanks for your highly "liberal" idea of a National ID. Those who want such a thing for their own reasons (control of the populace) will take advantage of the anarchy encouraged by those who support illegal immigration, including many "liberals". (The quotes are there for a reason).
There are people who explicitly seek to have U.S. citizen children, and I'm sure that many illegal aliens who bring or have children here do so for the anchor effect. We don't know in the case of articles like this because - oddly enough! - the "reporters" never ask the parents what they were thinking. I guess the AILA or whoever plants these stories prefers that the parents stay off in the wings.
NBarnes, obvious to many, has fallen for the MSM's game, and that's despite me even pointing out that all of those featured in articles such as this are outstanding students. While there are certainly super geniuses about, statistically speaking illegal alien children are not any brighter than U.S. children. IOW, there is no advantage to turning our back on our own citizens to support those who are here illegally. You'll see that if you engage your brain.
Posted by: TLB | Aug 24, 2007 12:39:46 PM
I hope all of you know that Fiorella, although she wasn't born in this country came here as a todler. Also she hardly speaks spanish, she can understand it but she is not fluent. I personally knew her and when I found out I was so sad that they had taken her away. I know that if she would have remained here, she would have become a great part of America, a personn with a degree a job and an outstanding citizen. PASS THE DREAM ACT!!!
Posted by: Lourdes | Aug 24, 2007 2:50:13 PM
Is there any other industrialized nation on earth that gives you automatic citizenship by being born there?
Can I have a child in Japan, Germany, UK, Canada, Germany, France and give them automatic citizenship? I think not.
You liberals love to scream about how the rest of the world has greast ideas for us to follow, well this is one of those ideas. The idea that you get automatic citizenship by birth is a ridiculous joke and a foreign concept to the rest of the first world nations.
Posted by: joe blow | Aug 24, 2007 5:44:29 PM
Brazil. We follow the principle of Jus soli. So does Canada.
France also does, although they make some restrictions (which are not really harsh).
The idea that a child needs to bear the consequences of her parents actions is so medieval... I thought that after western civilization went through human rights and all that dandy the idea of collective punishment disappeared. I would think that would be one of the positive traits of our society. But I guess others disagree.
Do you have any idea what ripping a person from her culture, her homeland, her language, her friends, etc, does? It is probably one of the most inhumane acts possible. And the fact that you need to objectify the human being involved by labeling her an anchor baby shows that.
Posted by: Patrick | Aug 24, 2007 7:28:05 PM
Germany does as of 1999.
Posted by: Randy Paul | Aug 24, 2007 8:09:15 PM
Posted by: judy | Oct 11, 2007 7:18:34 AM
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