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Should Be A Short Hearing

Eric Balderas, the illegal alien Harvard student who was caught while trying to board a plane from Texas last week, has been released from custody and immediate deportation taken off the table pending his hearing on his immigration status. In addition, he can now apply for a work permit.

In my mind, his eventual hearing will be a brief one.

"Mr. Balderas, when did you enter the United States?"

"In 1995."

"How old were you at the time?"

"Four years old."

"And who brought you?"

"My mother."

"How did she get into the country?"

"She sneaked across the border."

"You're nineteen years old now, correct?"

"Yes, sir."

"At what point did you realize you were in the country illegally?"

"I don't really remember."

"Was it before your eighteenth birthday?"

"Yes, sir."

"Since your eighteenth birthday, what steps have you taken to correct your illegal status?"

"None, sir."

"Did you use your Mexican passport as a form of identification?"

"Yes, sir."

"Even after it expired?"

"Yes, sir."

"Did you ever try to renew it?"

"No, sir."

"At any point in your adult life, have you taken any steps at all to correct your illegal status?"

"Objection! Asked and answered."

"Withdrawn. So, you're a sophomore at Harvard, correct?"

"Yes, sir."

"On a full scholarship?"

"Yes, sir."

"Pursuing a degree in molecular and cellular biology?"

"Yes, sir."

"What was your plan for when you got your degree?"

"I'd go on to an advanced degree."

"Sorry, let me be clearer. Once you completed your education, what was your career plan?"

"I don't know. I might go into research, or I might go into education."

"How?"

"I'm sorry?"

"How could you get a job -- either in the private sector or in the public sector -- while an illegal alien?"

"Um..."

"Did you have any plans at all to ever address your illegal status?"

"Yes! Someday..."

"'Someday.' Perhaps, some day when 'comprehensive immigration reform' is passed and you could apply for amnesty?"

"Well, sure."

"So, until then, you planned to just keep your head down, your nose clean, and hope you didn't get caught?"

"Um... yeah."

"As a biologist, I presume you're familiar with basic human biology."

"Yes, sir."

"Then I presume you've heard the phrase 'hope is not a method' before?"

"Objection! Argumentative!"

"Withdrawn. So, Mr. Balderas, how did that 'hope method' work out for you?"

"Not very well."

"I'd have to agree. So, now that it's failed, what are your plans?"

"Um... try to get right with the law, I guess."

"And would that 'getting right' involve garnering as much public sympathy as you can while you jump to the front of the line for legal immigrants?"

"I'm sorry?"

"Mr. Balderas, every year millions and millions of people apply to come to the United States legally. They fill out the forms, pay the fees, and in general respect the laws of this nation that they wish to come to. In addition, every year many, many more who are here illegally take steps to fix that, turning themselves in and starting the process to determine if they are allowed to stay. Why should you jump ahead of them?"

"I was just a kid when my mother brought me here. I didn't choose to break the law."

"Yes, you were just a child. And no one blames you for that. It wasn't your fault. But you're not a child now. You haven't been a child for over a year. During that year, your illegal status was your responsibility. You had the duty to start the process towards becoming a legal resident and, possibly, even a citizen. And you didn't. Instead, you just put it off and put it off, in the hopes that the problem would just go away. And if it didn't, you'd just hope for the best. Does that sum it up fairly accurately?"

"I... I don't know what to say."

"I'm not surprised. But here's some good news for you: the current regime in Washington, like you, doesn't give a rat's ass about enforcing immigration laws. They are actually fighting to keep the borders from actually meaning anything. And they see everything through a political lens. Which means that they don't ascribe to any principles other than winning. They see catering to illegal aliens as a way to pick up more votes, and tend to see their political opponents as the greatest threat to the nation. So I have no doubt that your situation will be used as an example. You'll be given a slap on the wrist, if even that. And others in similar straits will see that and instead of taking that as a warning to get themselves right with the law, will instead keep on hoping to go unnoticed until this fantasy 'amnesty' comes about. And even more people will come to the United States illegally, because only idiots will bother going through the legal process when they get shoved to the back of the line ahead of the illegals."

"Now get out of here, kid. You've wasted far too many resources of my nation -- my nation, not yours -- already. And be sure to register to vote as a Democrat. Here's the number for the local office of ACORN -- they'll get you squared away. And here's the number for the SEIU -- they'll hook you up with a job and get you paying your union dues."

"Um... vote? Work? I don't have any of my papers for that."

"Haven't you been paying attention, kid? That don't mean shit any more."


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Comments (9)

There is so much truth to t... (Below threshold)
Madalyn:

There is so much truth to this it literally hurts. Why should the illegals worry about their status when our administration doesn't. Let's vote all of these liberal jerks out in Nov.

Liberals are all about sob ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Liberals are all about sob stories.

Here's one. An illegal JUVENILE gang member is arrested several times in San Francisco. He's never turned over to ICE. One day he shoots and kills a man and his two sons. No real reason. He just felt like it.

Any liberals want to cry over that?

He'll probably change his m... (Below threshold)
Yogurt:

He'll probably change his major to law and become a community organizer now...

America will be greater for... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

America will be greater for his presence.

Another American forged from adversity and tempered by American justice. Sending him away would be a tragedy. he's done nothing wrong.

He's majoring in molecular biology. His dream is to find a cure for cancer.

Many of us fall short of our dreams. I'm sure Jay Tea aspired to be a great writer at one point in his life, and look at how badly things turned out there.

Not everyone in America achieves their dreams. But the great thing about our country is that you can try, and with the support of your family and community you can at a minimum succeed at trying and giving it your best.

Promise us that, Eric. Promise us you will give your best effort to finding a cure for cancer. Promise us that you'll study hard, you'll take good notes, you'll ask probing questions, and that you'll listen to the answers.

Promise us that you'll wake up each morning and carpe the damn diem. Promise us that each night when you retire you'll say a prayer of thanks for the opportunities you've been given.

Promise us you'll do your best.

Welcome to the United States of America.

He spent over a year not ca... (Below threshold)

He spent over a year not carpeing the diem, Lee. Why the hell do you think he'll start now?

I also note that your defense of him boils down to "he's special, he's smart, so he shouldn't have to obey the law."

Two more points:

1) You forgot the "raaaaacist!" accusation. Are you SURE you're Lee Ward?

B) I never claimed to be a great writer. But I'm good enough to keep you so obsessed with me that you'll track down stuff I wrote at other blogs 18 months ago. That, to me, says I'm a damned compelling writer in your eyes.

Obsession, after all, is a form of flattery. Sick, twisted, disturbing flattery, but flattery nonetheless.

J.

"he's done nothing wrong... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"he's done nothing wrong"

Yet he's still an illegal alien. Sucks to be him, eh?

I agree - he'd probably be an asset. BUT - he's here illegally. Deport him to his 'home country' - not the US, he's not done a blessed thing to regularize his status since he became an adult - and hand him an application, tell him he'll be welcome if he comes in the right way.

Tell him to follow the law. Fill out the forms. Pay the fees. Go through the background checks. Jump through the hoops. Wait his turn.

Tell him to follow the procedures set up already for legal immigration. Yes, they're long, yes, they're tedious. Yes, it's about time they were applied in all cases.

We have a legal system, we have procedures, we have laws - and every time an exception is made it whittles away at the overall structure of the law. If a person with 15 reasons to justify their illegal status can get a waiver, how about one with 14? If 14, how about 13 - or 10 - or 1? Why have a law against illegal immigration, if every exception is justifiable?

Oh well he knew he was ille... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

Oh well he knew he was illegal since he had a Mexican passport and consular card.

What about the the American Citizen or legal immigrant that he took that spot from? He inelegant so he knew what he did was wrong and like many ;liberals he does not want fair treatment he wants favorable treatment.

However

JT, Lee doesn't understand.... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

JT, Lee doesn't understand. He is liberal and they truly believe you only have to obey the laws they deem necessary. ww

I would be happy if ... (Below threshold)
jc:


I would be happy if we sent back all the people like Lee Ward in this country -- on a one-for-one exchange -- for every illegal with a story that appeals to me. And, all the Lee Wards would have their dreams come true, too. They could all get a chance to truly experience all those countries they just know are morally superior, or at least morally equivalent, to ours.

Think of all the wonderful possibilities: Che tattoo? You get exchanged for Cubans who make the boat ride. Too into Code Pink to worry about that pesky Sharia law? No problem, there's an Arab or Persian student who would rather not go home. Like a good G20 riot? There's an immigrant from the former Soviet Union who will be happy to take your place. Energy companies are all satanic? Wonderful, you too can experience the joys of living on four joules per month in cow dung huts.

It's a win-win !!!!




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