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MV's Vargas: America's most famous undocumented immigrant
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on Jul 14, 2011
Following his startling personal story in The New York Times magazine, Mountain View's Pulitzer Prize-winner Jose Antonio Vargas has apparently pulled off the impossible over the last few weeks, starting a fresh conversation on radio and television about immigration in the U.S. He sat down with the Voice to talk about his decision, and his next steps.
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posted Thursday, July 14, 2011, 10:00 AM
Posted by irony
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm
Does anyone find it ironic that the Voice put the story of Jose Vargas pushing for amnesty/DREAM Act next to the story of parents who are fed up with wait lists because of too many students?
Why do we need to give amnesty to illegal immigrants when our schools are overcrowded, millions are unemployed, etc? The US does not have enough money, resources, jobs, schools, housing, health care, etc., for all the legal residents/US citizens, so why would we even think about giving amnesty to illegal immigrants?
Jose took a seat and a college scholarship as well as a job from a legal resident/US citizen, so we should reward him with citizenship?
In addition to coming to this country illegally Jose could be charged with falsifying documents to work, forging documents to get a Social Security number, making false statements on an I-9 form, making false statements to get a driver's license, etc. The laws Jose broke have penalties of 5-15 years as well as fines of $250,000. Which one of the laws that Jose broke is not serious? Why do we only prosecute legal residents/US citizens when they falsify documents?
Jose argues we have already invested in the illegals' K-12 education, so why not pay for college too? If it costs $130,000 ($10,000 per year times 13 years) to educate a student from K-12, then what happens if the illegal immigrant drops out, joins a gang, does drugs, gets pregnant, etc? Should we continue to fund them so we don't lose our investment? We should send the K-12 bill to the countries the illegal immigrants are from and deport the students and families.
We currently ask students to provide proof of residency, so why not ask of proof of citizenship? E-Verify could easily cross check documents. If the student is illegal, then report them to ICE. If a student is illegal and in a gang and/or causing problems, then report them to ICE. ICE should be able to investigate the entire gangbanger's family and if they are here illegally, then deport them.
When the 1986 amnesty law was passed, employers, law enforcement, the president, Congress, government officials, etc., promised that immigration laws would be strictly enforced. So, what happened? Why aren't people illegally in this country being deported? Why aren't we using e-verify for jobs, welfare, food stamps, Section 8 housing, Medicare, Social Security, disability, voting etc. It is quick and easy and very accurate.