Not everything is black and white, much as we would like it to be.
Most folks know I am no softie when it comes to illegal immigration. While there are exceptions, most illegals are bleeding this country to the bone, breaking laws and mooching off law-abiding American taxpayers for free food, free housing, free health care and free education. Like many Americans, my view is much like President Eisenhower’s of the 1950’s when he initiated Operation Wetback and sent over one million illegals back to their native countries in order to open the job market for Americans. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have handled this crisis terribly over the last thirty years, to the detriment of our economy and to our national security, present administration being the worst.
But then there are cases such as Daniela Palaez, 18, who recently graduated North Miami High School, my alma mater. Daniela came to the United States legally with her parents in 1998 when she was age four, with travel visas. Coming to the United States was the doing of her parents who were later divorced, and her father returned to native Colombia. She says she has no recollection of living in Colombia.
Despite a host of family problems, Daniela managed to stay focused and perform well in school, logging a 6.7 GPA to become valedictorian of her class. She wants to go to an Ivy League college and eventually to medical school. Her brother served four years in the service, including a tour in Afghanistan, and has become an American citizen. Somehow, she and her other brother have had their names picked from a proverbial hat, and ordered deported our of the country. Here fourteen years, not of her own accord, and fully Americanized, she is fighting the deportation. Students and advocate organizations have been demonstrating in support of her cause.
It was Newt Gingrich who recently caught a lot of flack from opponents for his stand on showing compassion to those illegal immigrants who have slipped through the cracks and managed to stay in the U.S. for many years as a productive person, raising families, attending schools, churches, and being a valued contributor to the community. He suggested those kinds of people should be given special consideration. I would imagine, somebody like Daniela would fall into that category.
It seems hypocritical to grant instant automatic amnesty to immigrants from one country (Cuba) while if you were born on the soil of another nation, you’re a law breaker.
While the government is busily rounding up illegals like Daniela Palaez, the mooches continue to slip through the cracks surviving off the U.S. taxpayer. And, you can’t say they go unnoticed. Here are two high-profile illegal immigrants who not only have received a pass, they seem to be able to afford some high-priced legal assistance.
One of those is Zeituni Onyango, a Kenyan woman who came illegally into the U.S. in 2000 and was ordered deported in 2004 but never left. She went to court again a couple years ago but, alas, the same judge changed his mind and did not order her deported this time. She managed to hire a high-priced attorney from Cleveland, though she is a complete welfare junkie, living on taxpayer sustenance, including housing, food and medical care.
Zeituni Onyango is President Barack Obama’s aunt. But not to worry, she claims she has received no assistance from her prestigious nephew. Ms. Onyango is unrepentant about her illegal status, and feels that the United States owes her all the support she can get. She said so in this interview, which is a shocking 5-minute video to be sure:
That’s not all.
President Obama’s uncle is also here illegally, the one who he referred to in his book as “Uncle Omar” who disappeared from Kenya many years ago. Onyango Obama is a recent addition to the booking log of the Framingham, Massachusetts police department where he was busted for drunk driving in 2011. In the process, he threatened the police claiming he was going to call the White House. Onyango Obama is an illegal immigrant living off taxpayer sustenance who has not been ordered out of the country…yet. Don’t hold your breath, he has retained the same Cleveland attorney as Obama’s aunt from Boston.
Obama’s aunt and uncle are two people who are parasites feeding off the American taxpayer, while kids like Daniela Palaez, who — on her own — committed no sinister act nor deliberately broke any law and has proven to be a productive person who loves America, ready to make every contribution she can, visa-v illegals who work hard at being parasites and frequently break our laws along the way.
It’s hard to draw a hard, cold line against the illegal immigrant situation when there are stories like Daniela Palaez out there. This is a time we can show that we are truly compassionate and unopposed to immigration, that we are not bigots, and that extenuating situations do deserve special consideration. At the same time, moochers off our tax dollars, like Onyango and Zeituni should be on the next boat back to Kenya. What do you say, Mr. President?