She sighs, obviously relieved, when she sees Oscar, standing in front of a small brick duplex surrounded by scrubby desert shrubs, pebbles, and red dust. Tall and lean, her husband is dressed casually in a loose-fitting black sweatshirt, blue jeans, and dusty, brown leather boots. A broad smile lights his face when he recognizes the car, smoothing out worry lines that make him seem older than his 23 years.

This will be the first time he has seen his daughter in nearly two months. He picks her up, planting a kiss on her soft crown of fluffy, black hair, and she begins to cry. Oscar calls for his wife. Karla comes quickly and scoops up the toddler.

"She'll warm up," she assures no one in particular, avoiding her husband's eyes.

Central High School graduate Teresa with her daughter, Adrianna.
Michael Ratcliff
Central High School graduate Teresa with her daughter, Adrianna.
Vasquez's wife, Karla, with their daughter Samy.
Malia Politzer
Vasquez's wife, Karla, with their daughter Samy.

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This is the first article this year of New Times' occasional series "Are Your Papers in Order?" in which we examine the treatment of undocumented aliens, brown-skinned U.S. citizens, and legal residents at the hands of local and U.S. law enforcement.

It is a difficult time for the young couple. For four years, Karla and Oscar Vasquez lived happily together in South Phoenix. Now, they are a family divided by the border between two countries.

Karla is a U.S. citizen who fell in love with an undocumented man. But Oscar is not your typical illegal immigrant — he grew up in the United States, entering the country with his parents at 12. He and Karla grew up together. Now, they are attempting to do exactly what critics of illegal immigration advocate: Oscar returned to Mexico to go through the process of applying to get back into the United States legally. As it turns out for people who grew up undocumented in the United States, though, legalizing their status is nearly impossible.

You may remember Oscar. If you do not, you will recall the Carl Hayden High School robotics team that thrashed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's team in an underwater robotics competition in 2004. It was the classic American underdog story — four poor high school kids (all illegal immigrants) beat the most prestigious technical university in the nation with nothing but grit, brainpower, and determination.

Wired published a cover story about them, and the story of the team's triumph over MIT spread rapidly. They were in the Arizona Republic. Reader's Digest translated their tale into Spanish and Italian. George Stephan­opoulos interviewed the kids on Nightline. Warner Brothers recently bought the movie rights to their story. Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano personally invited the four to her office to congratulate them. And, at 17, the undocumented Vasquez shook the hand of the future Secretary of Homeland Security.

If this were a Hollywood film, the story would have ended there. And for three of the four members of robotics team, it pretty much did.

Oscar was the only one to make it all the way through college, thanks to a scholarship funded by people around the world who had read about the team and wanted to help. He married Karla, his childhood sweetheart. They had a baby and bought a nice four-bedroom home in South Phoenix. Last May, Oscar graduated from ASU with honors and a degree in mechanical engineering. He was one of three students graduating from ASU that year to be specifically honored by President Barack Obama for his academic achievements. The students, Obama said, were "fine examples of what this country stands for."

On that day, dressed in a burgundy-and-gold graduation robe, he was close enough to the stage to see beads of sweat run down the president's face as he gave their commencement speech.

"I was in awe," recalls Oscar. "My dad only finished third grade. My mom had her middle-school certificate. My brothers and sisters went to middle school, and that's it. Most of my cousins haven't even gone to high school. Somehow I'd made it through."

It did not take long for his excitement to fade.

Though two companies promptly offered him engineering jobs, he was forced to turn them down. Without a Social Security number, he was unable to legally work. Because he had been living in the United States illegally, they were unable to sponsor him to stay. His degree collected dust on a shelf in their new home. He had two options: Lie low and hope that immigration laws change or return to Mexico and begin the uncertain process of applying for U.S. citizenship. He and Karla opted for the latter.

"I was tired of living in the shadows," he says, shrugging. "It's not in my character."

Oscar and Karla soon found out what dire circumstances they were in.

"Is there any way for undocumented kids to legalize their status?" Phoenix immigration attorney Delia Salvatierra asks rhetorically. "The very straightforward answer is: no."

Here is the problem: Once you have stayed in the country illegally a year beyond your 18th birthday, regardless of how you initially arrived, you are no longer eligible to apply to enter as a "typical" immigrant. Nor is there any way to apply for citizenship from within the country — joining the military is an option only for legal residents, and companies are prohibited from sponsoring illegal immigrants so that they can get the visas needed to work here legally. Once an immigrant has been living illegally as an adult in the United States, essentially the only way to legitimize his or her status is to return to their country of origin and apply from there.

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Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Is this law Racist? Does it specify brown people?Are the people who agree with this law racist?Are those who want this law enforced racist?The law says nothing of little "brown" people but it explains what is illegal entry. It's not very hard to understand. Why is this law "broken"? Why can it be selectively ignored?Illegal alien includes all people who entered illegally, could be Croation, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Canadians and yes even Mexicans. No one single race or people is referenced in the law. Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.These people cost Pheonix and surrounding cities hundreds of millions to support the education, health and welfare of these illegal immigrants. A landscape worker paid by cash (no taxes) and his wife (a stay at home mom), have been here for 16 years and had 7 children born in the US. Who do you think paid for her medical bills???

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

All Illegal aliens should be allowed to apply for work permits but only while they are outside the United States in their home countries. This type of program (guest workers) has worked very well for many years in economically successful places such as Switzerland, Singapore to name a few. Once their work visa expires they must immediately leave the country. If the females become prgnant, they are immediately returned to their home country. commit any violation of ANY law (even "J" walking) and they are deported. If they attempt to re-enter the US illegaly, they are automatically placed on a list of permanently banned from entry into the US. Are you with us?

Nikodisias Papalapsuslos
Nikodisias Papalapsuslos

Type your comment here.YES , WE CAN...YES , WE CAN...WE WILL WIN IN WAR ON TERROR (30 whities or what are terrorists will never come back alive...thank you lord....aaamen).

What do you mean tragedy! It was just a birthday present for planet apes president !!! That's all ! Feels great to flip hamburgers and hip hop atop of good news...makes you feel vibrant and energized !!!

ARIZONA = UTOYA = GOVERNMENT‘S "AFTERLIFE" CASH & $$ FLASH MOB (there was no shooting in Utoya or Arizona, but tear gas and theater instead on faces of multiculturalism maniacs..your guilt or blame and shame weapon against us and our families in our own countries atop of forceful unemployment during so called "ECONOMIC CRISES" during which third world foreigners are allowed to rape, kill, and still is nothing else but fast way to early retirements for government related criminals/ terrorists...$$$ extra bonuses, and newly issued state identities while calling you a terrorists) !!! http://stateofterror.blogspot.... or http://stateofterror.wordpress...

OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.c... or http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.... Whitie is fighting war on terrorism just to come home and be pronounced as terrorist...turned in Timothy, jobless, homeless ...YESSS, WE CAN...YESSS, WE CAN...GABBY OPENED HER EYES (Obaminator’s psychotic speech in Tucson = failed “Apocalypse Now“)

WAKE-UP !!! WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE IT GETS ALL TO LATE ON PLANET APES !!! TEARS WON'T DO YOU ANY GOOD !!! AS BUSH STATED "THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE PAID FOR"(to die ) !!

EVEN IF IRAQ WOULD HAVE BEEN WAR FOR OIL ONLY, VETERANS WOULDN'T NEVER EVER HAVE TO BE HOMELESS PEOPLE THE WAY THEY ARE AND NOR WOULD OUR PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE ALLOVER THE PLACE THE WAY THEY DO TO VERY TODAY(never ending “war on terror” story). BECAUSE EVEN IF WAR WAS FOR THE SAKE OF MONEY, MONEY SHOULD BE USED FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS AND NOT WHAT THE CASE IS OR AGAINST WHITES(to destroy us allover the world) !!! You don't really proof for 911, just put your sht together in your heads...THIS IS PLENTY ENOUGH TO HAVE O(B)SAMA INDICTED FOR CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST WHITE AMERICAN HUMANITY TOGETHER WITH HIS ZIONIST MASTERS) !!!

Don't worry O(s)bama, you have just saved USA what is lots of Dollars in your DEBT DEALS as those best of America or Navy Seals would also grew older and then you already know how it goes...DEAD & ILL = DEBT DEAL !!!

HOW MUCH FURTHER ARE WE WILLING TO GO IN ORDER TO PLEASE VERY SAME PEOPLE WHO DENY US EVEN THE RIGHT TO EXISTENCE(what is to you country without laws or lawless country in respect to your personal rights, but the one that in contrast to your denied basic human rights recognizes you extremely liable when payments are due) !!?

IS IT INDEPENDENCE THAT WE CELEBRATE OR DEPENDENCE (what are your credit card bills or alimony saying about it) !!? HOW IS YOUR DIABETES AND LOST MARRIAGES !!? FORECLOSURES AND JOB SEARCH !!? THAT IS THE QUESTION TO BE OR NOT TO BE !!! IS IT LAND OF THE FREE OR STATE OF TERROR AGAINST OWN POPULATION !!? IT IS TIME TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT COLOR ARE THE STRIPES ON OUR STAR SPANGLED BANNER !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who wants to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!! IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHOM WE ADDRESS WITH "PRESIDENT" (STOP HUMILIATING YOURSELF) !!!

VOTING POLL:

DO WE NEED MORE PROOFS TO INDICT OBAMA AND BUSH ADMINISTRATION FOR CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY !!?

1)NO, THEY ARE CLEARLY GUILTY AS OIL WAR NEVER EVER WAS REAL ISSUE IN GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES. REAL ISSUE ARE FACTS OR WHAT WE WITNESS TODAY WHEN VETERANS ARE HOMELESS, JOBLESS, KILLED, ETC.

2)NO, AS 911 ALONE AS WELL AS ACTIONS IMPOSED AGAINST WHITES IN USA (as well worldwide) ARE CLEARLY INDICATING ACTS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY

3)YESS AS JUST YESTERDAY(for over 15 years to very yesterday), WE (news/media = vacuum world of lies) WERE TELLING YOU THAT UNEMPLOYMENT WAS AT 10% WHILE TODAY ONE IS AT 50% (HOW COME NO ONE QUESTION JOURNALISM LIKE THIS OR WHAT IS WORLD OF LIES AND DEMENTIA)!

4)I AGREE WITH FIRST TWO ANSWERS ABOVE. IT IS TIME TO PRESS CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST BOTH ADMINISTRATIONS DUE TO ACTS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY FOR THE SAKE(SAFETY) OF US AND OUR CHILDREN(DO NOT TURN THEM IN WHITE REFUGEES ON PLANET APES OR WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE WHEN VISITING ABOVE PAGES) !!!

Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally.

The names that this person assumes are as follows:

Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).

All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.

Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark 3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100 Phoenix, AZ 85029

Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.

She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587

Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095(which is in Larry Starks name /Phoenix, AZ 85017 co-signed for)

SRP Acct # 919-863-000(which is in Larry Starks name)

Her Phone # 602-628-3116(which is in Larry Starks name)

Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry Stark

Her sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School.She was raised by her Grandmother who was a whore in Mexico.

This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation.

I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen

Yo-adrian
Yo-adrian

Social ethnic cleansing will intensify. Immigrants,poor,disabled & sick,social security recipients are next!! The republican agenda has AZ written all over it because we lead by example in civil rights violations. As the markets crash even deeper..Republican tea party political terror networks will attempt to remove those who they feel are a burden on the U.S with the misconception that it will help us recover!! Its no longer a race card or the color of your skin..its how deep your pockets are $$!!

Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally.

The names that this person assumes are as follows:

Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).

All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.

Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark 3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100 Phoenix, AZ 85029

Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.

She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587

Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095(which is in Larry Starks name /Phoenix, AZ 85017 co-signed for)

SRP Acct # 919-863-000(which is in Larry Starks name)

Her Phone # 602-628-3116(which is in Larry Starks name)

Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry Stark

Her sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School

This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation.

I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen

hisnicptry
hisnicptry

EVERY author and liberal elite spoiled lefty anti American SHOULD HAVE to live in NOGALES for at least a year AND COME back and APPRECIATE your OWN ADVANTAGES and realize that it ISN'T whiners and takers that made this Country and that those like SAL REZA have hurt the HISPANICS and the nice decent people, NOT ME, BUT WE CAN'T AFFORD IT!!!spreading POVERTY does NOT FIX POVERTY!! We can support people only SO LONG!

hisnicptry
hisnicptry

This is far from the views those of us that have found out about that we have people in droves taking from Americans and families in our OWN COUNTRY without regard for them.

Take some solace those of us who are tired of trying ot REASON with those so desperate they will and would do absolutely ANYTHING to shore more compassion to a flea than their own citizens here IN the USA.....Is there ONE ounce of intellect left in this World that bases decisions on NUMBERS and MAJORITY and Doesn't use VOTER FRAUD to exploit millions of us to OPPORTUNISTS! EVEN the decent people ARE exploited, TOUGH CRAP because I have had ENOUGH GIVING AND NEVER GETTING RESPECTED. YES my OWN come BEFORE yours, and it HAS COME TO THAT as it HAD TO BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN TAKEN FOR FOOLS BY GREEDY LIARS and fanatic liberals that make us to feel indebted with THESE PATHETIC and all too familiar SOB STORIES.....please GO AND do yourself a favor and QUIT TAKING FROM OTHERS....it's a tough thing when you feel you did your best AND then someone takes advantage of your kindness....hmmm JOIN THE CLUB OK??!!

hisnicptry
hisnicptry

they despise Mormans....BUT Hispanics are Catholic (JESUS) and that is a good thing. I was taught and learned to respect others, BUT you don't exploit other either.

The NEWTIMES seems to be very ok with taking away and damaging MY rights but jumps up and says we need to PROTECT this group of other people. THEY ARE entitled to respect, BUT not to sit and tell other RELIGIOUS groups what THEY can feel or believe. IT IS a two way street, BUT THE NEWTIMES seems to IGNORE MY STREET and why? Is Anarchy ok or what DO U WANT FROM PEOPLE ALREADY.....speak of HYPOCRITES lately and who is more hypocrite, doesnt matter BECAUSE it's ARGUMENTATIVE DISTRACTIONism (sick of isms anyone)?

hisnicptry
hisnicptry

quit speaking about my COUNTRY because I STAND BEHIND HER AND GUIDE HER and I am DONE with this and I AM ready to FIGHT for the CONSTITUTION and future generations

If whites are sick of being made to feel INDEBTED then Stand Up For FREEDOM for your OWN best interests, IT IS HUMAN NATURE.....to protect yourself and those u love. It's all too easy to wonder how things go wrong later but for now please research ALL the info and do not ever ignore the vigilence required and HOW we got to be this GREAT COUNTRY of people.

WE HAVE DIVERSITY and DON'T NEED TO RUSH into ANYMORE of it, BECAUSE you can ALREADY FOLLOW OUR LAWS! NO REFORM NO AMNESTY....for ALL of our best interests.

hisnicptry
hisnicptry

respect America and Mexico and allow us to work together and stop ANARCHY and NEVER lose the Constitution because its been the best thing we have.

There won't be EASY answers, BUT don't RUSH with FEAR.....think about the REASON they say RACIAL PROFILING.....they are clever little scammers and MUCH more hypocritical.

hisnicptry
hisnicptry

ask friends and people u trust for opinions and read and look around and use instict. I don't hate anyone, but don't want illegal immigration or any amnesty to reward bad behaviors.

hisnicptry
hisnicptry

This IS a MESS, BUT stick with our current AMERICAN values and DON'T wait until the USA is gone and freedoms are gone to figure it out. WHAT does it hurt to read and listen to all sides.

hisnicptry
hisnicptry

They use gays and the environment to lull us into feeling they're nice,

They ARE white greed and GEORGE SOROS and any others at the top WILL destroy ALL!

hisnicptry
hisnicptry

WAKE UP AMERICANS HISPANICS and listen to the way they want to take away your rights too, THEY WILL and DO WANT to FOOL US ALL, then it WILL be TOO LATE!!!!

hisnicptry
hisnicptry

RACIAL PROFILING, IS NOT the ISSUE, IT IS MEANT to make you FEAR and FEAR is what TERROISM and ANARCHY thrive on.

WHY else would there be a RUSH to invoke millions into being used to VOTE for FRAUD??WHAT SCUM DOES THIS????

hisnicptry
hisnicptry

The WORDS are MEANT and picked CAREFULLY by the REPORTERS here.....

IT's MEANT to SCARE the VOTING HISPANICS into revolting out of FEAR......

The TERROISTS ARE THE NEWTIMES, trust me it IS NOT the HISPANICS but the IGNORANCE and lies they hope to spread for VOTES and its utter ANARCHISTS!!

Please for ALL AMERICANS (and anyone in the World), understand what you are really seeing and feeling and follow your GUT on THIS? DOES THIS SEEM RIGHT to invoke civil liberties to theives that are PAID to fake IDENTITY to FOOL us into DICTATORSHIP!!!! WE can ONLY LOSE BY SUPPORTING THIS HATRED, POVERTY is NOT FIXED like THIS.....your being USED!!!! I used to say whatever, BUT I have NEVER seen SUCH ANARCHY. scary huh?

hisnicptry
hisnicptry

Do you THINK the NEWTIMES is PROTECTING ALL LIBERTY by using argumentative concepts to further their obvious bias??

It's not ok to commit treason and cause people to cause JARED LOUGHNERS and racism WILL only increase BECAUSE of the damage done to society and THE NEW TIMES will not come and protect us ONCE we allow an erosion via ammended CONSTITUTION......can U imagine a bigger THREAT that PROPAGANDA like THIS???? Say what you want, but I promise you if you TRY and DISAGREE or QUESTION these people, THEY RUN!!!!

hisnicptry
hisnicptry

THIS IS ANARCHIST AND DANGEROUS to listen to this very scary paper.....unfortunatley it IS protected a bit w/the AMERICAN CONSTITUTION

be ready for a revolution either bloody or not.....NO you WILL not CONTINUE hurting another generation to use for whatever funny game your playing.

colorblindwhitey
colorblindwhitey

How many unemployed, undocumented Americans live happily in Mexico? Or anywhere for that matter? It's not about Mexicans. It's about American solidarity. We have a right to it, as do other countries. get over your self-rightious ideology and help them fix Mexico, instead of screwing up the U.S.

Victor
Victor

I think with over 40 Million Hispancis we could apply some pressure using our financial and political positions of power to not relent in fighting for the Dream Act and a comprehensiveimmigration reform. I hate to say but the Republicans will only hear us when we makes our voices known, and those Democrats who refuse to support our cause should be identified and be reminded that we have supported their party, and justify their actions, voting against our cause; it is deplorable.

cleancut77
cleancut77

Not my problem. They can try their luck in Mexico, Canada or who'll ever have them.

Maria Vargas810
Maria Vargas810

WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS WHO CAME HERE AGAINST THEIR WILL? WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS WHO STUDY HARD IN SCHOOL WHO WANT TO DRIVE LIKE THEYRE FRIENDS BUT CANT? WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS WHO ARE 16 AND SEE THEIR FUTURE AS A " MAYBE". PEOPLE ARE SO IGNORANT.

Chlejrdud2
Chlejrdud2

Blame the parents? No. Blame the ineffective, inept immigration law. I bet most of you don't even know how U.S. Immigration law works unfavorably to immigrants.

Larryboning
Larryboning

Years of treating the border like a joke are catching up to all of us. Breaking immigration law has generational consequences, just like breaking any law. Thieves, drug-trafficers and criminals of all stripes, put their children in a vulnerable position. The sheer numbers of illegals are finally forcing the hand of a reluctant U.S. public. If the person described in this story was one of a tiny minority, she would have a much better chance at finding a sympathetic response to her plight. As it is, border state residents are painfully aware that Theresa's story is only one of many thousands. One of tens of thousands. That is the point. Numbers. They provoke alarm more than heartache. If the laws were vigorously enforced, and respected by immigrants, there would be a lot less tragedy for all of us. Until then, writers of pieces like the one above need to wake up. Arizonans tolerate newcomers as well as anyone else. They are as much hispanic as they are anglo, so calling them racist is well-nigh ridiculous. They simply understand that there is so much third-world poverty they can absorb without being simply overcome by it.

K_cay
K_cay

This lady had her chance of becoming a US citizen, she is sleeping with this guy maybe she should be married. This is a lesson for all illegal immigrants; either get your papers in order or get out of Arizona!!!

Barleycat
Barleycat

I feel for these kids but their situation is the fault of their parents, not the U.S. government. If I were to take my kids illegally into another country, I'm only setting them up for an impossible situation further down the road.

This story is sad, but their parents are to blame.

Gigispiritwalker
Gigispiritwalker

Yes , so plain & simple! Why doesn't THERE GOVERNMENT recognize HOW talented their citizens R! & accomodate them with the education they come to the United States to seek free! WE have talented students HERE who would also love to seek higher education. But HAVE TO PAY & cannot afford it! Why should OUR HARD EARNED TAX dollars be spent on illegals breaking our laws! Tired of hearing, "we're not here to take USA citizens jobs but to do jobs they don't want. FALSE!!! They R here to get free educations along with MEDICAL CARE, HOUSING STIPENDS, FOOD STAMPS, PROTECTION, WHATEVER! WE have USA citizens here to care for! OUR TAX DOLLARS should be for that PURPOSE! ILLEGALS R PUTTING A GREAT FINANCIAL BURDEN ON OUR CHILDREN WHO HAVE TO PAY UR DEBT U CREATE FOR USA! Perhaps if illegals weren't here for ANY jobs, COMPANIES & CORPORATIONS would have to pay wages We can support our Families on!!!! WHY didn't there parents STAY in there homeland & FIGHT to make their GOVERNMENT cough up these rights they so envy in the USA! OUR loved ones since COLUMBUS havegiven there SWEAT, BLOOD, & VERY LIFE"S we R afforded today! Because ILLEGALS turn their eye toward us, we should be HAPPY about giving what belongs to OUR CITIZENS to Illegals who came breaking & disrespecting our immigration laws! UR government is responsible for U! Make urself HEARD!!! YES, DEMONSTRATE, DIE if many have to!!! MANY, MANY, MANY OF OUR PEOPLES HAVE!!! What would UR great leaders that sacrificed for U HAVE TO SAY ABOUT UR TURN AT THE HELM!!! RAN AWAY, TURNED THEIR BACKS ON OUR LABORS & EFFORTS???? WE DIED FOR THIS??? FIGHT THE FIGHT OF UR LIFE'S FOR UR RIGHTS!!!! WE STILL ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mari
Mari

Dennis and JJ-

a lot of these illegal immigrants are working.....guess where all the money thats taken out of their check goes? to you. they can never get the money they earned back because they don't have a social security number, they can't file for taxes. think of how many undocumented people there are, how many of them work everyday. money is taken out of their checks, and they will never see it again. and if their kids are getting help from the government, they deserve it. their parents earned it. and the ones that don't have children or receive any help from the government, their money goes to government, and some of that goes to you.

luciyahelan
luciyahelan

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luciyahelan

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matt
matt

You dont have to be illegal to have nitemares living in AZ (Maricopa county). the only reason they put illegals on the bus back is becasue the prisons used to get reimbursed by the feds (creating jobs) but when that stopped off they went no hand cuffs, why were they held in prison in the first place? why not jail then back or work permits? they did it for money only .

JJ
JJ

Oh and Teresa. I have nightmares too. I have nightmares of my U.S. Citizen children not being able to have adequate health care or the education they deserve because all the illegals are draining our system. Illegals are my worst nightmare and it's not only at night but during the day, every day.

JJ
JJ

Illegal is illegal. If I break into your home because I need food, a roof over my head and a place for my family will you call the cops on me? I would hope so. Why do Mexican's think they can come here and get everything for free while the U.S. citizens and their children suffer? Illegal is illegal. Do it the right way or don't do it at all.

Jorge Gutierrez
Jorge Gutierrez

It is heartbreaking to know how a brilliant and polished mind can go to waste. Our academic and technological status in the world would only be helped by these kids.

I can not understand the level of fear some people must have in order to choose to expel these engines of progress. Each of these kids will most likely lead an organization, begin their own business which will by their self drive create job opportunities for many others.

If you can not see how this benefits you are purposely blind. It is either FEAR of a passionate, dedicated mind that will show how mediocre we are or HATE caused by that fear or even worse, by the sense that we as Americans are better humans than those who are not.

Truth is that even if the immigration issue was resolved where these kids would not be facing these challenges and were allowed to work, those who suffer from FEAR and HATE would still be complaining and trying to change the laws so it would be the way things are right now or worse. These cowards hide behind the �enforce all laws�, argument that hold no water, the same type of mentality that was behind the jim crow laws. It is obvious that the laws need to be adjusted.

It is very near sighted of legislators to propose and enact laws that punish children for the sins of their parents and that force these brilliant minds to waste their potential or to take it elsewhere.

Please support the DREAM Act.

carmen
carmen

How sad a country that plays their ethnic grievances on children and could be the best citizens the system has to offer.The DREAM Act, the solution to many of these problems, has been long overdue.We need to get our act together, and for the sake of patriotic duty, claim good people for our communities.If we allow to politicize the presence of the young immigrants the country will be doom to lose international leadership just to comply with the ignorance of citizens who cannot compete in the most basic academic aptitude tests with the young lives that are ignorantly turning away. DREAM Act Now!Let Oscar come back and be a productive citizen!!!!

Teo Buneo
Teo Buneo

Daniel Kirk, it would be extremely hard for anyone to insult your intelligence since you posses none. These kids in the article run rings around you in their sleep. Please refrain from demonstrating your stupidity any further. You and you nativist brethren certainly demonstrate to all why the US is going down the tubes. Were you able to pass the AIMS test Danny boy?

Allan Cameron
Allan Cameron

Raymond,

Oscar wants to live near the border so his wife and daughter can drive from Phoenix to visit him at least once a month. They see this as a temporary situation until he receives an answer for his visa wavier appeal. The state department advises the answer can take 15 months (!?!?!?) and the answer will very likly be negative. The decision has nothing to do with his worth or the country's need for engineers, but the "extream hardship" on his wife and child.

He and his young family are considering moving to Europe, Canada or Australasia as a long term solution.

His mechanical engineering specialization is rocketry. When he first went to Mexico, he wnt to his famil's home town, a small village in the mountains. Little to do, he taught the local kids how to make soda bottle rockets and pototo canons:) The town, however, was too far away for his wife to visit over a weekend.

So, instead of living here and supporting his wife and daughter and contributing to the Arizona economy, he is "on hold" in Mexico. Because he lived in the U.S. without papers, he cannot apply for a visa for 10 years. He will be recruited and can live and work in almost any country in the work, except one.

Instead of being banished, he should be on a Wheaties box as a role model for young people. We used to celebrate these kinds of Horatio Alger characters.

am curious about Oscar not using his degree from ASU which has a reputation for producing fine engineers and his 'notoriety' to obtain an engineering position with some firm in Mexico? Surely, Mexico has a great need for Engineers and he would be better able to better support his family in the States with such a position. And would this also not make him a more attractive candidate for re-admittance back to the States then picking beans or working as a manager at a factory?

Raymond Gross
Raymond Gross

I am curious about Oscar not using his degree from ASU which has a reputation for producing fine engineers and his 'notoriety' to obtain an engineering position with some firm in Mexico? Surely, Mexico has a great need for Engineers and he would be better able to better support his family in the States with such a position. And would this also not make him a more attractive candidate for re-admittance back to the States then picking beans or working as a manager at a factory?

the realist
the realist

Soon, USA will be a small country scattered around the continent mostly taken up by prisions while the rest of the continent is free of its idioticy which you are such a clear example of.

C.lue
C.lue

Ignorance,that's is what is wrong in the world today.

Alex
Alex

hey dumbass, if you would have read the article correctly, its says "husband", last time i checked it means they're married.

C.lue
C.lue

Blaming the parents for wanting a better live for their children?.. You have NO idea what those parents go through, so that their kids can live an american dream.

Sammendoza70
Sammendoza70

NO Columbus came to the continent of America ILLEGALLY!!!! he came over with sweat on his forehead by slaughtering,torturing,genocide,and KILLING millions of NATIVE AMERICANS that includes MEXICANS,Africans and Indians!! we are INDIGENOUS we can rome all over the Americas!!now white people in majority say to follow laws or rules that Mexicans break but obviously forgot what the white people did conquered and broke human rights,killed,slavery,tortured,genocide.Europeans stole land and killed people!!the pilgrams are the real ILLEGALS deport all europeans and the real anchor babies!!!We are INDIGENOUS people not ILLEGALS this is our continent!!so all whites go back to your homeland which is europe

Jungletractor
Jungletractor

Hmm...perhaps we should trade YOU for some smarter Mexican students since you obviously haven't mastered the English language and grammar. I'd rather have smart go-getter immigrants than a lazy dim xenophobe any day.

K_cay
K_cay

The amount of money that they pay is minimal compared to the amount of health care cost that they are availing, the accidents that they cause, fraudulent activities that they do, the drugs that they bring....

Barleycat
Barleycat

Mari,

If they don't have a social security card, how are taxes being taken out of their check? In order for money to be deducted from a pay check you have to give a SSN. So, if they have no SSN they are not paying into the system, and therefore as illegals, should not have access to any government funding.

Instead of having nightmares, why doesn't the woman in the article apply for a green card and citizenship.

Jungletractor
Jungletractor

P.S. I'll share a little secret with you. It's "their" not "there". Also, it's "are" not "R".

 
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