“My mom doesn’t have any” papers

For more than a decade, there has been a glaring disconnect between fierce opponents of illegal immigration and nitty-gritty reality. While activists insist that the government take control of the borders and deny so-called amnesty to illegal immigrants already here, they have no realistic solution for the eleven million or so living among us.

That dilemma was brought heart-wrenchingly into view yesterday, when First Lady Michelle Obama visited a suburban Washington, DC elementary school with Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala. From the Los Angeles Times:

At one point, Mrs. Obama took questions from a dozen second-grade students who sat in a small circle on the gymnasium floor at the New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md.

“My mom said … Barack Obama is going to take away everybody that doesn’t have papers,” one girl told the first lady.

“Yeah, well, that’s something that we have to work on, right?” Mrs. Obama replied. “To make sure that people can be here with the right kind of papers, right? That’s exactly right.”

The girl countered, “But my mom doesn’t have any.”

“Well, we have to work on that, we have to fix that and everybody’s got to work together in Congress to make sure that happens. That’s right,” Mrs. Obama said before moving on to the next question.

Even among the harshest advocates of stricter border control, there was an understandable reluctance to go after that little girl and her mom:

In an interview, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said, “I think it’s hard to start an investigation on a statement from a 7-year-old.”

Think about what would be involved in trying to round up nearly eleven million people to deport them. Many have lived and worked in the United States for years, paying taxes (yes, many of them pay taxes), buying houses, going to school. Some are children who were born here, which means they are citizens.

Try to imagine armed federal agents storming into houses, guns pointed at families (remember Elian Gonzalez and the outcry that caused?). Imagine the video of sobbing parents and frightened children. Is that what this country should do? Why doesn’t that concern proponents of overweaning federal power?

And how much money would it cost to do that? How much would it add to the budget deficit? How much good will would be sacrifice with countries around the world?

It makes so much more common sense to pass comprehensive immigration reform and give those folks a pathway to citizenship.

497 comments Add your comment

Peadawg

May 20th, 2010
7:43 am

“My mom doesn’t have any” – then deport her. Period. We have laws for a reason. You can’t go along selectively enforcing our laws Cynthia.

Rev Al Sharptongue

May 20th, 2010
7:46 am

We all know how this debate will go:

What part of illegal do you not understand!!!
Send them all back!!!
The little girl is stealing from us!
Seal our borders with a big wall!
Brig in the National Guard!!!

Obama caused all this to happen because the dems want votes!!!

ETC…..

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

May 20th, 2010
7:51 am

Well, it’s a real sad story. I feel sorry for that little girl. So after we arrest and deport her Mom, I reckon we’ll need to take up a collection at church and see if we can get the girl into a homeless shelter or a foster home. We can’t let her starve or anything like that.

The girl will forget her Mom after awhile and become a Real American. And we’ll see if we can get her a real Mom. A American one. There must be some woman that will take her in.

So I know we got a bunch of folks that like Compassionate Conservatism. Next Sunday, you all give till it hurts. You’ll feel alot better about keeping Law and Order by dumping the Mom over the border and by showing what kind Americans we are by taking care of the little girl.

Have a good day everybody.

Judith

May 20th, 2010
7:58 am

Everyone has a story. What has this child learned BTW? To lie and cheat to get whatever you want?
Can not Mexico welcome home it’s citizens and provide a decent living for them?
Take a ticket and get in line.
Cynthia, I don’t think you understand that most Americans feel the way I do!
Illegal immigration is WRONG.

Rev Al Sharptongue

May 20th, 2010
8:06 am

Can not Mexico welcome home it’s citizens and provide a decent living for them?

DUH, that is why they come here because they can’t support their families in Mexico.

What has this child learned BTW? To lie and cheat to get whatever you want?
No she learned that if you do not want to die or starve to death in Mexico, you move to another place by any means necessary to secure your survival. Damn a law.

Kinda like those people who got kicked out of England, came here on the Mayflower then killed and stole the land from the natives.
at least the Mexicans did not give you smallpox infested blankets like some people I know

Bubba

May 20th, 2010
8:08 am

I am a liberal. I believe that the resolution of every crime should be decided by how much sympathy we feel for the perpetrator. That and whether or not they have cute children.

The One

May 20th, 2010
8:09 am

Cynthia, once again you are truly misguided. So the fact that many ILLEGAL immigrants pay taxes somehow makes things better? What about all of the “evil CEO’s” and the “evil bankers”? They also pay taxes (a majority, I might add), but I don’t see you giving them a pass. You also seem to justify things by saying they have been living here for years (i.e. their “transgression” since we certainly can’t call it a crime). What about someone who raped and murdered someone many years ago? Does that somehow lessen the severity of that crime?

Why does your philosophy have to be filled with so much hypocrisy and hogwash???

martin

May 20th, 2010
8:12 am

my only problem is that if we grant those who came here ILLEGALLY a path of citizenship then we risk more people crossing the border. Then we’d have to do the same thing again. That doesn’t make any sense at all. I believe that it would be a logistical nightmare rounding up 12 million ILLEGAL immigrants so maybe we ought to think of giving them a path to citizenship. I say make them pay a fine and limit the gov’t benefits until they pay the fine, learn to speak English properly, and become US citizens. We ought to fine businesses who hire ILLEGALS with a large fine, they need to be discouraged from breaking US Law. I don’t like the idea of giving a path of citizenship to those who came here illegally but I’m beginning to see there isn’t a true alternative that will work. But we have to secure the borders because we can’t afford for more people to come here ILLEGALLY.

On a side note, I find it quite hypocritical that the Mexican President is bashing the Arizona immigration law when immigration law in Mexico is strictly enforced and they are pretty cruel in the techniques that they use.

Also, we need to do something to that wack job history teacher in Los Angeles who is teaching his students and telling crowds of people we stole California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas from Mexico. He needs to get a clue and he needs to lose his job.

Jeff Fryer.

May 20th, 2010
8:12 am

What did the first lady know and when did she know it?

I know she din’t let that illegal student get away. Oh, no she din’t! Aiding and abetting a criminal type is punishable by a term of not less than 2 years but not more than 10 years in a federal detention center for seditious first ladies.

Bubba

May 20th, 2010
8:13 am

It’s Classic Liberalism, The One. Logic doesn’t enter into any argument with them. It’s all about “feelings.” Somewhere I hear Morris Albert crooning.

Drawing Black Lines

May 20th, 2010
8:14 am

CT – I am in social work and I cant count the number of times a cute, sweet child looked at me and said, “My mom did drugs and left me at home alone, they’re not gonna take her away are they?” And the answer is, well, Yes.

This editorial is the lowest form of propaganda there is, using children.

Joel

May 20th, 2010
8:14 am

As Woody Allen would have it- let Obama be dictator for a year or two- its working well in Iran and North Korea- problem solved. Its always nice to use the lawn of the White House to let the president of a failing country scold the American people- really nice.

Met yesterday with a young man who lives at home, works 3 jobs, pays taxes, and has save 175k over the last 4 years- by the way he is handicapped. Not worth a story though I suppose as he is just a lazy white American.

Drawing Black Lines

May 20th, 2010
8:16 am

I agree with Bubba, the cutest kid gets to have their law breaking parent spared from consequences. Heck lets make a tv show out of it and put it on MSNBC.

teamguy

May 20th, 2010
8:16 am

I understand completely why people flee Mexico. .I’ve seen how many people are forced to live there. .I get it. And yes, I would do what I had to do to improve life for my family. But the fact is, whatever number of people are here illegally, they are a drain on our economy, not just in social services, but in may cases send back to Mexico a large portion of the money they earn here. That’s why I’m in favor of eliminating the income tax (which they don’t pay anyway), and replacing it with a consumption tax. Social programs don’t change, just the method of funding them. And, since everyone pays sales tax, everyone contributes.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 20th, 2010
8:16 am

It makes so much more common sense for these illegals to do the right thing. Now they are in a pickle and have no one but themselves to blame.

Deport illegals.
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The One

May 20th, 2010
8:17 am

I am posting this again since I got a little ahead of myself and left something out of my last post…

Cynthia, once again you are truly misguided. So the fact that many ILLEGAL immigrants pay taxes somehow makes things better? What about all of the “evil CEO’s” and the “evil bankers”? They also pay taxes (a majority, I might add), but I don’t see you giving them a pass. You also seem to justify this situation by saying illegals have been living here for years, so their “transgression” (since we can’t call it a “crime”) somehow seems to be washed away as a result. What about someone who raped and murdered someone many years ago? Does that somehow lessen the severity of that crime?

Why does your philosophy have to be filled with so much hypocrisy and hogwash???

Drawing Black Lines

May 20th, 2010
8:18 am

Rev Sharptongue…”any means necessary.” I like that. Think long and hard about how you want that applied.

nelsonhoward

May 20th, 2010
8:19 am

I would like to know is the AJC bias or partisan. Every little political word is slanted in favor of the President[Obama] and Mrs. Obama. It would be grand if the news was a factual analysis of the politics of the day. the Constitution is part of the AJC. Every word has a little spin to it going one way. Like a pair of loaded dice, no matter how many times you throw them, they come up seven. How can the reader be well informed? The solution is, the reader has to read a variety of news and then draw their own conclusion. If news was fact based, they would only have to read one.

JohnnyReb

May 20th, 2010
8:20 am

Ms Tucker, so you really believe the child came up with that all on her own?

You see no problem in using children to further political objectives?

And, you have no problem with Mexico’s president, who does nothing to stop illegal immigration into our country, from criticizing us on our soil that we are discreminating against his people? If they are his people, he should take them back with him. If they are here illegally, they do not have the rights of citizenship.

The Left has been successful so many times in using the race or discrimination card to win unjustified. It is not going to work this time even if they/you stoop to using children.

Scout

May 20th, 2010
8:21 am

1) Seal the borders.
2) Make it a crime (felony) if an employer knowingly hires an illegal.
3) Make it so difficult here they will want to go back.

Granny Godzilla

May 20th, 2010
8:22 am

Trying to figure out which applies ….

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

I am proud of America, but ashamed of some Americans.

JohnnyReb

May 20th, 2010
8:23 am

nelsonhoward – take a look at this past Sunday’s editorial section, especially where the AJC gave the Moorehouse president a stage to push transformation of capitalism and educating children to social justice. That’s all you need to answer your question.

Tommy Maddox

May 20th, 2010
8:23 am

Hey Al: what aspect of “Illegal” do you not understand?

Tommy Maddox

May 20th, 2010
8:24 am

…and GG too.

Drawing Black Lines

May 20th, 2010
8:25 am

Granny, you seem to pick and choose which issues conflict with church-state separation. I like your frequent quoting of scripture. Unfortunately you are not consistent and cherry pick which verses suit you. How fundamentalist of you.

So are you for or against church state separation?

Joel

May 20th, 2010
8:26 am

Try to imagine a President sitting down and doing the right thing for the good of the American people. Try to imagine a President who comes out and says the health care bill should be coupled with a immigration bill. Try to imagine a President who says there have been 10’s of million of folks who have risked their lives for this country and entered the country lawfully and paid their dues and taxes. Try to imagine a President who couples all of those truths and supports a fair approach to the policy…… Oh, try to imagine.

Scout

May 20th, 2010
8:31 am

Granny: “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s”

The most merciful thing would be for these people to go back to Mexico and fix their own country.

Drawing Black Lines

May 20th, 2010
8:31 am

Rev sharptongue…You crack me up. SOOO, you’re trying to tell me that African tribes never went in, raped, pillaged, and murdered people and took there land? I can’t stop laughing, my ribs are hurting….hold on….Seriously go to school and get an education. I can’t help you with logic. “Any means necessary,” where have i heard that before?

Scout

May 20th, 2010
8:31 am

This was pretty much glossed over by the MSM yesterday ………….

Headline: “Mexican President Knocks Arizona Law From White House Lawn…”

Think about this. To allow a corrupt foreign Head of State the privilege to speak on “our” White House lawn against a sovereign State of our Union that exercised a democratic process is sickening and bordering on treason in my opinion. Obama is supposed to be the President of the United States of America not the United States of Mexico.

Absolutely disgusting.

resno2

May 20th, 2010
8:31 am

Awwww…. look how cute she is… You and the liberal left are going to parade this kid in front of everyone and turn her into the poster child of ‘unjust immigration laws’. Shame on you and your ilk.

It’s funny how she says that my mom says that obama is going to make everyone without papers leave. That would require his actually doing something other than kowtowing to Mr. Calderon. Here’s an idea… we mirror Mexico’s immigration law.

Dr. Bob

May 20th, 2010
8:32 am

So what is your solution? Open borders?
“Full equality” for illegal immigrants?

Sending 12 million people home is not impossible at all. If we tighten up employment rules, stop paying people to be here with government subsidies, eliminate birthright citizenship and police our borders properly, they will largely move themselves. I have no problem with a guest worker problem but amnesty is a non starter.
Or we could just adopt Mexico’s laws.

LOL

May 20th, 2010
8:33 am

“Make it a crime (felony) if an employer knowingly hires an illegal”

This will never work! It would put too many companies out of business. I know that I would rather work with my illeagl labor which I only have to pay $6 an hour then work with a stupid American who thinks carrying tiles is worth $15 an hour, plus wants health insurance and a 401k! Illegals are the labor of the future. Americans want too much money and entitlements. My illegals have taxes at the highest rate taken out of their paychecks and they also do not file for a refund. So what if you have to pay for their medicaid and food stamps. I have a business to run and I will run it for my profits not to provide an entitlement mentality, lazy American!

Joel

May 20th, 2010
8:33 am

Granny- as am I, as the left spits daily in this face of many- there shall be a special place in hades for those.

resno2

May 20th, 2010
8:35 am

“Try to imagine”. I have, and the face I see is not obama’s.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 20th, 2010
8:36 am

Ya…Obama was kissin Mexican Pres behind yesterday. Hopefully he bowed and kissed the pinky ring of our South of the border Main man and apologized for our reckless behaviors both current and future.

Scout

May 20th, 2010
8:37 am

LOL:

Then I hope you wind up in jail where you can’t run your business !!

P.S. Arizona is 2.7 Billion (with a B) in the hole for their illegal immigration problem. They cost for more (not to mention the crime) than they put into the system.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 20th, 2010
8:38 am

What Obama and these politicians, Rep and Dem, seem to have forgotten is that they are to serve US…We The People.

They will serve We The People or will find themselves tossed into the political ditch, like one Arlen Sphincter. Nov 2010 is fast approaching.

resno2

May 20th, 2010
8:38 am

Calderon knows that billions of US dollars are funneled into the Mexican economy every year by those that are here ILLEGALLY. Of course he doesn’t want that changed. Apparently obama is to stupid/lazy/arrogant/spineless to care.

Joel

May 20th, 2010
8:39 am

Hundreds have been murdered by illegals, thousands are dying and addicted to drugs brought into this country from illegals- thousands of children are being impacted. The President fiddles while Rome is burning. God bless your soul Granny- you will need it.

Peadawg

May 20th, 2010
8:39 am

“but ashamed of some Americans.”

I know what ya mean Granny. I still can’t believe some people continue to defend illegals. Sad, isn’t it?

ctucker

May 20th, 2010
8:40 am

JohnnyReb, In the current climate, why would anyone push a child to say her mother is in the country illegally? So, yes, I believe the child came up with that on her own, having overheard many anxious conversations about it among adults in her family.

Scout

May 20th, 2010
8:41 am

Has anyone been here long enough to remember back to at least the early/mid-1970’s ?? Back then you wouldn’t be able to find an illegal Mexican anywhere in Georgia let alone Atlanta. And guess what? We did just fine without them.

ctucker

May 20th, 2010
8:41 am

The One, What do you propose as a solution?

SouthernGal

May 20th, 2010
8:42 am

LOL…business owners like you should be in jail. You are nothing short of a “Plantation Owner” paying slave wages!

Scout

May 20th, 2010
8:42 am

Cynthia:

What do you think about my 8:31 post and “Che” Obama’s sickening representation of the President of the United States yesterday?

Bubba

May 20th, 2010
8:44 am

Perhaps we could take time out from our pity party for illegal immigrants to celebrate one who is here legally, Harvard-bound Widly Coulanges of Cobb County:

While maintaining a 4.57 grade point average at South Cobb, Widly has also played varsity lacrosse, and participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America club, Beta Club, and the Leadership Experience Opportunity Club. He was also a Georgia Governor’s Honor Program finalist. And he has spent three summers as a volunteer at WellStar Cobb Hospital.

Such activities helped transform a shy freshman into a confident young man, sure about his future.

“It took some, but I really think those volunteer opportunities really helped me out because there are people I probably wouldn’t of met had it not been for those volunteer opportunities,” he said.

Among the 11 other colleges he was accepted are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke, Emory, and Hampden-Sydney in Virginia.

Widly’s parents, Wilfrid and Edline Coulanges of Mableton, immigrated decades ago from Haiti. They also have a daughter, Edwine, 12. Wilfrid works as a real estate broker and taxi driver, and Edline is a nurse.

“There are no words to express how proud are we and how great our son is,” Wilfrid Coulanges said. “We are very, very proud of him.”

fernando valenzuela

May 20th, 2010
8:44 am

Why are American Christians the least compassionate people on Earth?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

May 20th, 2010
8:45 am

Good morning all. I could not care less that some little girl’s mother does not have legal papers, and any of the weak minds among us who find that a persuasive reason to pass legislation probably ought to have a conservator appointed to administer their personal affairs.

Nevertheless, something akin to an open borders policy is fully rational. “Illegal immigration” is a crime on a par with “illegally parking in a handicapped space,” and a suggestion of deportation as remedy is wholly disproportionate.

I don’t have any reservations about taking all steps necessary to protect Arizonans from the raging drug gangs based across the international border; however that intelligent effort should not be confused with an irrational and draconian “round up the hotel maids and concrete pourers” putsch.

The primary element of the solution is to control the borders. to eliminate any potential for violent crime. The second element is to find a way to allow up to 30 million immigrants per year, to ensure that typically-irrational government policies do not screw up the private economy. The third element is to rein in the nativism that seemingly makes decent people foam at the mouth at the thought of hard-working, church-going, family-oriented people coming to America to make their fortunes.

resno2

May 20th, 2010
8:46 am

Thanks to obama the office of POTUS is now respected and feared at the same level as the French.

MiltonMan

May 20th, 2010
8:46 am

Wow, Granny the Liberal picking & choosing Bible verses like it were a food buffet. Granny, please explain your Liberal view point on this one:

1 Peter 2:13 “Submit yourself to every ordinance of man . . . to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors.”