More Chutzpah From Our Neighbors

Chutzpa – shameless audacity; impudence, gall

11 Latin American countries added their voices to legal efforts to halt Georgia’s tough new crackdown on illegal immigration.

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru joined the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center and several other civil and immigrant rights groups in arguing the Georgia law is unconstitutional because it’s preempted by federal law.

Their federal class-action lawsuit also asks U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash to keep the measure from going into effect while their case is still pending.

Much of the law is set to take effect July 1.

Link to article.


DeadBeat-Dad Nation

[Fulano came across this blog by Davi Rodrigues, who runs the Northern California organization “Save Our State,” an activist organization opposed to illegal immigration.]

While I was sitting alongside Save Our State’s mobile billboard during an event protesting the Mexican government’s celebration of their alleged independence last week (I say alleged because they are still dependent upon the US), I observed a crowd of several thousand people, mainly Mexican expatriates, joyfully professing their admiration and love for a country that has done almost nothing for them while they were within its’ territorial boundaries, and had pretty much shown them the door as soon as they were able to walk. But inarguably, there they were, several thousand strong, waving newly purchased Mexican flags, sporting the Mexican colors on headbands, and wearing temporary tattoos of various Mexican themes. They saluted the flag as ceremoniously as a career soldier, and cheered to the emcee’s call for “Viva Mexico!” time after time. I must admit that I was as baffled as are most Americans, as to why throngs of people would promote or worship an entity that had failed to support, educate, employ, or provide for them in any fashion, and whose only charitable act was to abandon them with little else but a comic book map north and a few words of advice on how to break in to the neighbors property and either beg, cheat, or steal from them to survive.

Towards the end of the evening, after fielding many insults and several threats to my person over our protest billboard message, I realized why these Mexicans feel the way they do in spite of all of their beloved Mexico’s failings: Mexico is their deadbeat dad. Deadbeat dads of course, are those whose perceived responsibilities end at biological creation, although in this case we can substitute the word “national” for “biological”. The raising, caring, feeding, clothing, teaching and other rearing chores are sloughed off onto the laps and shoulders of others while the truant parent shuffles off and fulfills some other self-serving destiny. Everyone in the vicinity of a deadbeat dad situation sees the errant/missing parent for what they are: without honor, character, concern or responsibility, save for that which is required for their own personal well being. 

When I say everyone sees that, I should say everyone with the exception of the offspring. The kids still see them as “Dad”, and in their eyes, Dad is everything that everyone else’s dad is: A great pillar of strength with a shiny car, nice clothes, and pocket money to hand out when he stops by once a year. Enter the Mexican government. Mexico is the epitome of a deadbeat dad where it pertains to its’ citizens. Mexico is flush with resources, and seems to command a modicum of respect among its’ other Latin American neighbors; fields an army; houses the richest man in the world; and has 3% of the worlds oil reserves. Despite all of these notable assets and accomplishments, Mexico has abandoned 20 million or more of its own familial offspring by doing the equivalent of dropping them off on the doorstep of its closest neighbor, that being us unfortunately, and only comes to visit once a year to remind them that they are still Mexicans regardless of who has been raising them. One slight variance in this scenario is that during the visit, their Mexican “Dad” takes credit for all the things they now have, and wants to return to the role previously shunned now that all the hard work has been performed, and all of the expenses have been covered by others. That leaves us, John Q Taxpayer American citizen, in the difficult position of having to somehow point out the dishonesty and hypocrisy of their Mexican “Deadbeat Dad” to the worshipping national children without seeming petty, vindictive, or jealous.

Now for those of you who haven’t seen this situation up close, the burden-shouldering mom is usually fuming after having foot the bill for a lifetime in economic and personal terms, bore the difficult tasks of being the bad guy and saying “no” when it’s for their own good, washed them, clothed them, fed them, and cared for them while they were sick, only to see the children’s eyes light up during Dad’s supposedly triumphant return to the fold as if he was responsible for everything that they are now. Unfortunately, the kids don’t take it well when told the truth about “Dad”, whether it’s by someone close, or a stranger. Accordingly, that’s pretty much what most of us in the immigration law enforcement movement have been up against for the past decade or so, although the last five have seen Mexico’s greatest attempt to re-insert itself back into the lives of its’ previously abandoned offspring. In an even more cruel twist, our own government is forcing some rather perverse visitation rights upon us that sees the deadbeat touting unearned virtues from inside the sacred statehouse to bolster its’ image falsely. 

I’m at a loss as to how to best convey to the wards of illegal immigration, the unkind and inconvenient facts that have been disturbing us for years, and my recent attempt was no exception. My attempts were rejected in typical rebellious child fashion, with a tinge of nearly assaultive behavior thrown in for having the audacity to insinuate that the father of their nationality is, or was a corrupt, responsibility shirking deadbeat. 

There are a couple of differences in my Deadbeat Dad analogy however, that offer some justification for the course of action that many of us prefer, or at least lean towards as a solution to our dilemna. Although we have been the providers, we are not the true relatives of these wannabe Mexican devotees, and as such, we owe them nothing. If they still cling to the virtues of their Mexican Deadbeat dad after being shown the facts, then cut the cord and send them back. Kick Dad to the curb too, because there’s no reason he should remain in the vicinity with so much catching up to do with his newly reclaimed family. I say we give them all a parting gift of a Mexican flag inscribed with the words, “Made in the USA” as a keepsake, and send them on their way to “Dads” villa. In our empty nest years we can slim down on our expenses, and maybe even use a small portion of the savings to show up in Mexico City every 4th of July with a few pesos and some cheap Chinese gifts to pass out to the grandkids. Payback’s a bitch….

Davi Rodrigues
Save Our State

Link to blog article.


Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Entry After 9 Deportations

A Mexican national who had been deported nine times pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry to the United States Monday, according to the federal attorney in Sacramento. U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said that Humberto Moran-Torres, 42, of Mexico, pleaded guilty in mid-trial.

Moran-Torres had been deported from the United States on nine prior occasions, according to court records. He also had prior convictions for possession of heroin for sale and second degree assault with a deadly weapon, court records show.

Monday’s plea was his third conviction on federal immigration charges, records show. Moran-Torres is scheduled to be sentenced by on July 22. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Link to article.


US restaurant chain owners face immigration charges

PHOENIX, April 20 (Reuters) – The owners of a U.S. regional chain of Mexican restaurants have been indicted on immigration and tax evasion charges as part of a broader crackdown on employers hiring illegal immigrants, federal officials said on Wednesday. 

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) said the father-and-son owners of Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler restaurants, with outlets in Arizona and California, would be arraigned in federal court in Tucson on Thursday. 

 Chuy’s restaurant at 1831 East Baseline Road, in Tempe, Ariz., is closed because of an ongoing investigation,

Mark Evenson, 58, his son, Christopher, 39, along with their accountant, Diane Strehlow, 47, face a total of 19 counts of such offenses as unlawful hiring and harboring of illegal aliens, conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and tax evasion. 

Wednesday’s arrest of the three defendants after raids on Chuy’s restaurants in California and Arizona are part of a stepped-up federal immigration enforcement aimed at companies that hire illegal workers. 

“For nearly two years, these defendants are alleged to have knowingly dodged hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes in order to maintain an illegal work force,” U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke said in a statement. “There should be no place in our economy for employers who cynically exploit and defy the U.S. tax code to take advantage of illegal labor.” 

If convicted of all the charges, Mark Evenson faces up to 86 years in prison and a $5.3 million fine; his son faces up to 81 years in prison and a $5 million fine; and, Strehlow faces a maximum prison term of 40 years and a $2 million fine.

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Federal Agents Told to Reduce Border Arrests

An Arizona sheriff says U.S. Border Patrol officials have repeatedly told him they have been ordered to reduce — at times even stop — arrests of illegal immigrants caught trying to cross the U.S. border.

Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever told that a supervisor with the U.S. Border Patrol told him as recently as this month that the federal agency’s office on Arizona’s southern border was under orders to keep apprehension numbers down during specific reporting time periods.

Link to article.

Hmmmmm. Looks like Janet has some explaining to do.


The Senseless Death of Jake Marlow Reyes-Neal

If anyone is wondering why Jake Marlow Reyes-Neal’s wive, Tania, was deported from the US, since she is married to a US citizen and has a US citizen child and should have been eligible for a visa waiver, go down to the end and Fulano will tell you. The answer is not in the video nor in this following hardship letter posted by Jake Marlowe Reyes-Neal on an internet message board on October 2, 2010:

United States Consulate General
Paseo De La Victoria, # 3650
Ciudad Juarez. Chihuahua, Mex.
1 (900) 849-4949


Hardship Brief of Jake Marlowe Reyes-Neal
Honorable Consulate General:

The Purpose of this letter is to provide documentation and facts of the extreme hardship I am suffering due to my relocation to Juarez, Mexico and the relocation of my family to Juarez, Mexico. I and my family are facing an unknown future living in Ciudad Juarez Mexico.
Comes Now, Jake Marlowe Reyes-Neal, I am writing this letter in regard’s to my wife’s I-601 waiver application. I am the Qualifying U.S Citizen Spouse of Tania Idaly Nava Palacios and am suffering extreme hardship and will continue to suffer extreme hardship if my wife is not admitted to the United State’s in the following ways.


• When my wife departed the U.S in April 2009 we decided my 2 year old son xxxxxxx would stay with me, due to the extreme violence and war like conditions in Juarez, Mexico. 

• Not only would it be safer for my son to live with me, but I was my family’s sole provider and I was financially stable, had my son medically covered if anything were to happen to him, which he would not have if he departed with my wife. (See Exhibit B Bank Statements for xxxx xxxx xxxx, also See Exhibit C1-Health Care Coverage Exhibits for xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx) 

• It was a hard decision for my wife and me but we decided it was in our son’s best interest, it was hard for my son to understand what was going on, or why his mother was leaving him. The bond a child has with there mother is indescribable, in the days following my wife’s departure for Mexico, I attempted to comfort him as he cried for his mom, but it became more difficult for me to take care of him and as the days turned into weeks and months, I was not able to do the same quality of work for my employer due to the fact I was working the graveyard shift 11pm-7am and as I would get off of work I would have no one to be able to watch my young son. So I would return to work the following night and be totally exhausted from not getting the rest I needed. I was working in a fast paced Food Manufacturing environment around dangerous production equipment for Frito Lay. (See Exhibit F Safety Accountability Guidelines) Working in this kind of environment, it put my safety, the safety of others and my Employment at risk due to the fact I needed to be attentive in my work and one false move around this machinery could result in a very serious accident. 

• In retrospect, it made sense when we made the decision for our son to remain in Colorado with me because my income and the health care insurance were critical to his well being. However, we expected him to adjust better than he did. As he began to act out and display anger and frustration about being separated from his mother, we were forced to reevaluate or decision. He missed his mom and it was not fair for him to have to suffer the stress and anxiety brought on by the separation, but it was painful to make the decision to send my only son to be with his mother in the most violent city in the world, not only was my wife and son being taken from me, but the life I worked so hard to get was starting to crumble in front of my eye’s. 

• I took my son to be with his mother in September of 2009 and I returned home so that I could continue to work and provide financial support for them. I was 19 years old and had to maintain 2 households, one here in Colorado and one in Mexico and Each day was filled with stress and anxiety. I was getting to the point of a mental breakdown and was struggling to maintain 2 households. All the bills were just adding up and I was getting to the point where I could no longer maintain them all. My wife was living with her elderly grandma which is 65 years old and her 18 year old cousin so, providing groceries, clothes, hygiene, paying the bills month to month for water, gas, electricity and a telephone for communication with my wife was my sole responsibility. (See Exhibit B10 Proof of Wired Money to Mexico, and Exhibit B bank statements proof of earnings deposited into account while in the U.S. prior to departure to Mexico, May 2009 thru Nov. 2009) 

• I lived daily with the stress and anxiety from the fear I felt for my wife and sons safety. Being apart was taking a toll on our lives, and my marriage. It had been 8 long months since my wife had departed the U.S and the thought of being apart any longer became unbearable for me my wife and son.

• Family Unity is a fundamental principle of international law. The integrity of the family is a legal principle and humanitarian goal; it is the essential framework of protection and a key to the success of durable solutions that can restore the family life to something approximating a normal life.

• The cost of the daily phone calls to my wife, paying the bills in Colorado and sending money to Mexico to support my Family I was feeling frustrated and everything was just adding up. (See Exhibit B10 Proof of Wired Money to Mexico and Exhibit B11 Telephone bill.) I had to do something. To continue a healthy loving relationship, a family has to be physically together. Separation causes the physical bond to be broken when a family is split apart like we were. It was painful and difficult to endure.(See Exhibit E3 Family Pictures-Proof of Family to the U.S.) 

• When I married my wife, I expected to be with her for the rest of my life. The distance and the strain of being apart from my family were taking an emotional toll on our life and relationship. That is when I decided that I needed to move to Juarez, Mexico. On November 28, 2009 I made the difficult and hard decision to move to Juarez, I quit my job working with Frito Lay, and moved to Mexico the emotional toll and anxiety I was enduring due to the separation from my family became unbearable. The stress that came along with it was unhealthy and I could no longer be apart from my family. (See Exhibit C Termination of Employment for xxxx xxxx xxxx)

 Safety Concerns caused by War like Conditions in Juarez, Mexico
• I am living with my wife and son in perilous and very dangerous conditions in Juarez, Mexico. We live with fear of our lives on a daily basis. As U.S Citizens, my son and I are facing extreme danger everyday we wake up in one of the most violent cities in the world. (See Exhibit E1 Birth Certificate for xxxx xxx xxxx & xxxxx xxxx xxxxx). The fear of losing my family is the reason I moved to Juarez to reunite with my family and now I live with fear of losing my family on a daily basis, because we have to live in life threatening conditions.

• While living in Juarez, we have witnessed and seen, on a daily basis, the disorder and chaos of the country in which we are living. Daily life is out of control since Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared War on the drug cartel and Juarez has become one of the most violent cities in the world. (See Exhibit – A – U.S Travel Warnings Exhibit-A1 Safety & Crime report and see Exhibit-A4 Violence in Juarez. 

• Newspapers are published and blogs and other sources of news on the internet are reporting the violent stories of kidnappings for ransom, robberies, extortion, rape, and the brutal murders. These crimes are daily occurrences in Juarez, and many of them are committed against U.S Citizens (See Exhibit A2 Violence against U.S Citizens and Exhibit A U.S Travel Warnings). Thousands of Innocent people have died senseless by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When it happens it doesn’t matter who you are or where you are. Witnessing violence on a daily basis will have an impact on anyone, let alone a small child. I do not want my son to see this kind of violence. The thought of how that might cause horrific problems for him as he grows older causes me great pain, stress and anxiety. Witnessing and experiencing the violence in Juarez, Mexico can cause psychological trauma to a child, and affect them in negative ways as they reach adult hood. Emotional Trauma can be stemmed from living in a crime stricken neighborhood, witnessing violence to a family member or experiencing it. These extraordinary stressful events shatter a child’s sense of security, makes them feel helpless and vulnerable in a dangerous world. (See Exhibit A3 Psychological Trauma in children and El Paso Times Children are paying emotional price for Juarez Violence). A violent or intensely disturbing event may be the first time a child’s sense of security and safety is threatened. Consequently, the child may experience it as a loss, resulting in feelings of grief, fear, isolation, anger and or loss of control.(See Exhibit A3 psychological Trauma in Children) 

• I fear for the safety of my family because a mounting toll of brutal homicides stun the city and attract global attention, during the past body counts are a touchy subject in Juarez and most news organizations can’t agree on the number of homicides in the city of Juarez. Not only are there brutal shootings, but the cartel have introduced a new way of reeking havoc on Juarez they are now using bomb’s in the drug war. When the state department issues alerts to American Citizens not to travel in Mexico and especially border towns, as they have done for some time, it is clear that my families safety is an issue.(See Exhibit A4 Violence in Juarez, Mexico and Exhibit A U.S Travel Warnings). Therefore I urge you to rule in my wife’s favor so I can take my wife and son back to the safety of the U.S. 

• We are in immediate danger there are numerous killings and shootings in our neighborhood on a weekly basis. I do not speak Spanish, so it is not possible for me to communicate with anyone if I am in danger or in need of help. 

• We do not go outside, nor do we let our son play outside due to the danger that there are always shootings at anytime of day in our neighborhood and we fear that a stray bullet will hit us or our son on. There are several occasions where Mexico tells it Citizens to stay indoors due to the constant threat of Violence and car Bombs (See Exhibit A5 Mexico advises there citizens to stay indoors and Exhibit A4 violence in Juarez). 

• Meanwhile, a city that is so dangerous and out of control that president Calderon had to give control of the city to the Mexican Army and Mexican Federal Police due to the fact the metro police officers could no longer maintain peace and order or protect the Citizens of that City is no place to have a family and raise a child, nor live in fear for your life on a daily basis (See Exhibit A6 Mexican soldiers pour into the Countries most Violent City and see Exhibit A1 Crime & Safety Report). 

• Additionally, this city of 1.3 million people experienced more than 16,000 car thefts and 1,900 car jackings in 2009. A number of areas along the border continue to experience a rapid growth in crime. Robberies, homicides, petty thefts and carjackings as well as brutal deaths and killings have escalated over the year. This is a serious situation, a lot of people are dieing in Juarez, Mexico because of the drug war between cartels. Ciudad Juarez remains the most Violent City in the world. “More than half of all Americans killed in Mexico in FY 2009 whose deaths were reported to the U.S. Embassy were killed in the border cities of Cuidad Juarez and Tijuana. (See Exhibit A- U.S Travel Warning to Mexico & A1 Crime & Safety report of Mexico.) 

• Again I repeat the violence going on around us is causing extreme anxiety and stress for my family and me. We fear for our safety on a daily basis, since President Calderon declared war on the drug cartel there have been thousands of killings in the city of Juarez. There are an average of 10-20 killings in the city on a daily basis and other numerous shootings around the city. So far this year 1,700 people have been killed in Juarez alone. (See Exhibit A8 Death Toll in Juarez Mexico). There are also numerous, extortions and kidnapping for ransom on a daily basis. (See Exhibit A1 Crime & Safety report and Exhibit A4 Violence in Juarez Mexico). The area has seen ferocious fighting between the Juarez and the Sinaloa cartels after a recent gangland slaying. Hours long gun battles are common between the cartels and the police.

• Also it is dangerous for my wife due to the high rate of woman kidnappings, rapes, assaults and human trafficking. (See Exhibit A7 Crimes against woman in Mexico), daily woman are being kidnapped, raped and mutilated. Juarez Mexico has one of the highest crime rates against woman in the world.

Employment and Financial Hardships
• While living in Colorado I was able to maintain a fulltime job for Frito Lay Inc. Earning 37,000 a year 17.51 an hour, and support my family. (See Exhibit B Proof of Employment Earnings and Bank Statements before Departure to Mexico to Reunite with Family). 

• After Moving to Juarez to be with my wife and son, I have been desperately seeking employment in El Paso, Texas. I have been here 10 months and have not had any luck I remain unemployed and have no way to support myself or my family. I continue to seek employment in El Paso Texas weekly and have not been giving a break.(See Exhibit B1 Email Notifications – Employer Application Selection of other candidates for Employment) 

• I cannot obtain Employment in Mexico because I am not a Mexican Citizen(See Exhibit-E1 Birth Certificate for ) and have no right to work in the country of Mexico, I do not speak Spanish and understand very little, due to this fact

• I cannot communicate with an employer here in Mexico nor can I communicate with a customer of that employer. Also I cannot support a Family of 3 while working in Mexico according to the Department of State website the average Mexican works for about 4 dollars and 50 cents per day that is an average of 30-50 dollars a week and 120-200 dollars a month. (See Exhibit B2 Average Income in Mexico). Working for this kind of pay would not be sufficient to satisfy my family’s needs for basic health care, clothing, education, food, transportation or a place of residence (See Exhibit B3 Financial Declaration of Jake Reyes-Neal). Around 40% of Mexico is unemployed or simply under employed (See Exhibit B4 Unemployment Rate in Mexico), employment in Mexico is simply unavailable or hard to come by. A lot of people in Mexico are self employed vendors and make little to no money at all. Around 47.4% percent of the Mexican population live in poverty due to the Mexico Economy crisis and simply do not make enough money to provide the basic essentials for there family like, food, clothing, education, transportation, and health care (See Exhibit B5 Poverty in Mexico). 

• Trying to find work in El Paso has proven to be a struggle for me. I cannot maintain a household while living in Mexico.

• However due to the downturn in the U.S economy that has made it seemingly impossible to find work. Most companies in El Paso are not even accepting applications or there are no positions available ( See Exhibit B1 Email Notifications – Employer Application Selection of other candidates for Employment) and the ones that do are offering a wage of between 7.00 and 7.25 USD an hour and is 1,160 a month before taxes and around 850-900 a month take home (See Exhibit B6 minimum wage in Texas) which is not enough to support a family of 3 and maintain my financial obligations while living in Juarez, Mexico and crossing the border to work and back to home (See Exhibit B3 Financial Declaration of Jake Reyes-Neal).

• Border crossing fees through the Zaragoza Port of Entry are $1.80 from Juarez to El Paso and $2.50 to return to Juarez. (See Exhibit B7 Border crossing fees) That is a cost of 21.50 a week, and 86 dollars a month. I have to cross through the Zaragoza Bridge due to the fact I do not know my way through Juarez and that is the closest bridge to where we live.

• In addition to border crossing fee’s the amount of gas I am using in my truck is around 50-80 dollars a week due to the fact of sitting in line for long periods of times waiting to cross the border for job-hunting. 

• I have a Financial Obligation of $393.00 dollars a month for my truck payment (See Exhibit B8 Contract for 2004 Tahoe) that I cannot miss or afford to lose because I need my vehicle to commute daily across the border to seek employment, and for our other needs such as traveling to where we need to go, grocery shopping daily commuting, or an emergency situation. 

• However, due to the fact I remain unemployed and cannot obtain employment in El Paso Texas nor Mexico my mother has taken the burden of supporting us while we have been down here. My mother is sending us between $600-900 a month while I continue to seek employment (See Exhibit B9 Proof of Money Transfers for xxxx xxxx xxxx to xxxxx xxxx xxxx Account), not including the $393.00 she is paying for my truck payment. (See Exhibit B8 Purchase Contract for 2004 Tahoe). We use approximately $350 a month for groceries, and $350-$500 for rent, gas, electricity, water, border crossing fees, clothes, telephone & internet expenses and any other expenses we might have. (See Exhibit B3 Breakdown of Financial Expenditures) 

• My mother has been negatively affected and has fallen behind on her bills due to the fact I have no way of supporting my family because I cannot obtain employment in Mexico or El Paso Texas and she has too send us money to live on, but the financial obligations of her own has reached the point that she will no longer be able to redirect money from her monthly expenses to help us (See Exhibit B9 Proof of Money Transfers for Maria J Neal and Financial Affidavits for Jake Marlowe Reyes- Neal Monthly Obligations and Expenditures 

• Since Moving to Juarez I have been unable to find employment in El Paso Texas and remain helpless and stressed out about my families future, and the future of my career is unclear if we remain in Juarez, Mexico. Living here has proven to be an Extreme Hardship for me and my family and mother as well.

Healthcare Coverage/Issues
• As stated above I relocated to Juarez, Mexico to reunite with my wife and young son until my wife’s Immigration case is resolved. Since I have relocated to Juarez, Mexico my family is no longer medically insured if anything were to happen to us. As stated above I left a well paying job that had me and my son medically covered (See Exhibit C Termination of Employment and Cobra Continuation). Though we are medically covered through my mother’s job through The City & County of Denver but the medical insurance is only valid in Colorado and not in any other state we do not have medical coverage living in Juarez, Mexico. (See Exhibit C1 Health Insurance Verification from City & County of Denver Colorado).

• My son is 3 years old now and needs to be under regular doctor’s care for Check-Up’s for hearing tests, vision test’s, and dental care to ensure that he is healthy and growing properly. A child need’s to have regular check-ups and doctor visits to ensure they are healthy.

• I took my son for a dental appointment in October of 2009 due to cavities and the recommendation of the doctor was my son needed to have surgery on his teeth and have caps put in to prevent further damage to his teeth. 

• After moving to Juarez, we have not been able to pay to have the surgery done on his teeth because we do not have medical insurance in Mexico and we do not have money to pay for it due to the fact I am no longer employed. The estimated cost of the surgery is $3,906.00 and my portion would be $1,612.00 using our dental insurance in Colorado. If my son does not have the surgery soon, his teeth will become more damaged and his adult teeth may be affected as well. (See Exhibit C2 Dental Treatment Plan and Expenditures for xxx xxx xxxx). 

• Also if any of us were to get sick or anything were to happen to us and we would need immediate medical care we would have to pay cash which we do not have and cannot afford. If we were in the United States I would be able to provide my family with medical insurance through employment as the opportunity is not available in Mexico.

Lack of Education Opportunities
• I am a descendent of the Displaced Aurarian Fund and I am therefore eligible for a scholarship from Metro State College of Denver to attend school. My children are also eligible to receive a free college education. My wife and I both have high school diplomas. My plan is to work full time and go to school part time until I receive my degree in business administration/Sale & Marketing. My wife intends to pursue a xxxxxxxxl degree. (See Exhibit-D Displaced Aurarian Fund Scholarship Eligibility.) 

• Higher education is very important to me, and is a main key in my Career goals. Living in Mexico I am not afforded this opportunity and my son is not either. We do not have the money to pay for our tuition in Mexico, and because I do not speak, read nor understand Spanish I cannot attend a Mexican school. As a father I need to give my son the best head start in life possible and for my son being eligible for this Scholarship it is very important for him to attend college at the Aurarian Campus it will benefit my son’s future in so many way’s as this opportunity is not available anywhere else.

• This educational opportunity benefits our family in so many ways because we do not have the financial means to attend school in Juarez Mexico and the free tuition that we are entitled to receive at Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado is only afforded to us if we are full time residents of Colorado. We in no means have any intention’s of attending school in Mexico, it’s just not safe to do so, and I do not speak and or read Spanish.

Family Ties in the United States
• I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado (See Exhibit E1 Birth Certificate for Jake Reyes-Neal) and all of my family members are living and located in the United States. I have no Family ties in Mexico. 

• I am very close to all my family, cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces. My immediate family consist of my mother Maria Neal my two brothers David Reyes-Neal and Mathew Reyes-Neal I have one sister Rose Reyes Sanchez. We are a very family oriented family and spend a lot of time with each other. (See Exhibit E3 Family Pictures). 

• My family is very close to my wife and son. Since we moved to Mexico we have been deprived of family unity with our relatives, family separation deprives you of the physical bond and ability to interact with one another, you can’t hug your family and tell them you love them in person, your unable to attend the family events and functions that bond families together, the bond of interaction has been removed due to my families relocation to Juarez Mexico. 

• My son always talks about his cousins, uncles, aunts and grandmother. He misses them a lot, and they miss him too! My family is deprived of being a part of watching our son grow up and interact with him and us on a daily basis, it is not fair to my son that he does not get to attend all the family functions and events and get to grow up with all of his family relatives as I did. Family Separation is painful to endure. There is nothing more important than Family Unity, as it is the very core of the success of a family. Being separated from my family in Denver, Colorado has caused me emotional distress and hardship for all of us, for what happens to one, happens to all and is felt by all. I am deprived of Family Unity from my family in the U.S. 

• Since moving here to Juarez Mexico I cannot afford to travel back and forth from Mexico to Colorado to visit my family, so communication is restricted to telephone calls. Since being here my wife, son and I are unable to attend regular family functions and we have missed a lot of holiday get together’s, being a very close family this has caused emotional stress and anxiety for me and my family.

• Living in Mexico causes me a lot of stress because I am very close to my mother, she is the only Parent I have my father was never a part of my life. I miss my mother very much. My mom is 53 years old and getting older, my son is the second grandchild she has and misses him a lot. Not growing up with my Grandparents because they passed away I know how important it is to have a family bond.

• Being away from my family has taken a toll on all my family members. It’s been especially difficult for my mother because we are very close. All of my family is concerned about our safety and living conditions. 

• I met my wife while attending school at xxxxxxxxxxxx, Colorado in March of 2006. When I met my wife I knew there was something special about her and I would marry her one day. We began dating xxxxxxx.

• While dating my wife we fell deeply in love and we knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with each other. In July 2006 we received wonderful news that my wife was pregnant. In October of 2006 we consummated our relationship and moved in with each other. While living together I began working and supporting my wife preparing for the birth of our son Anthony Xavier Reyes (See Exhibit E1 Birth Certificate for Anthony Xavier Reyes). 

• On June 15, 2007 I married the woman of my dreams Tania Idaly Nava Palacios. (See Exhibit E2 Marriage Certificate & License for xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxx & xxxx xxxx xxxx). On April 13, 2007 my wife gave birth to our wonderful Son xxxx xxx xxxxx. 

• While married living together and supporting my family I fell deeper and deeper in love with my wife. She is the woman of my dreams, my other half and without her I am not complete. We are inseparable. 

• In September we filed my wife’s I-130 petition to become a permanent resident. We couldn’t file the legal filing as soon as we got married because we were both 17 at the time and had to wait till we were both 18 years old and married for one year. 

• When my wife departed the country in April of 2009 it was hard for us both to cope with the distance. Since we started dating we have never been apart for more than a few hours. We struggled to be patient but the love we had for one another was too strong and we had to be together. The stress I was enduring being away from my family was too much to handle and I could no longer be away from my family. 

• I moved to live with my wife and son in Juarez, Mexico on November 27, 2009.

In Summary
• I write this brief in hopes that you will take every single piece of evidence that I’m providing into consideration; these hardships I have stated above I hereby attest and certify are a true and accurate account of our situation. I implore you to grant my wife’s waiver application.

• My wife is honest and a law abiding person. She is not a threat to the U.S and approving her waiver would allow us to return to the safety and security of the U.S we both love dearly. My wife graduated high school (See Exhibit G- Diploma for xxxx xxxx xxx), and has intentions of pursuing her education to become a productive and positive contribution to society. I ask you to take into consideration my wife entered the U.S as a child and also that you take into consideration we filed my wife’s I-130 as soon as we reached the age of 18 and my wife accumulated the unlawful presence while we were waiting for consular processing. I and my wife apologize for these mishaps and ask for this waiver to be granted in our favor 

• I have provided documented proof that I have the ability to support my family while living in the U.S with my wife and son. I have been struggling to obtain gainful employment in El Paso since I moved to Juarez. I’m a U.S. citizen, my probability of seeking and obtaining employment in Colorado would be likely more successful than in Texas or Mexico, as that is my home town and I have family ties and I am already established their. It would also afford us the opportunity of Repatriation in re-establishing my family and career. Living in Mexico has caused my life to come to a halt, if my wife were allowed to immigrate legally we have so many more opportunities in the United States where we can become successful in life and pursue our education, because the key to success is education. The financial impact of support, to sustain us; while we seek and obtain employment to maintain the support to my immediate family and financial obligations that I have in the U.S. would be easier and more affordable for me to support my family in the same household in Colorado. We have family support in Colorado while we go through Repatriation to re-establish ourselves in Colorado.

• Please know that my family’s safety is of great concern because we face significant and potentially life-threatening risks to our personal safety every day we remain in Juarez. Mexican authorities report that more than 2,600 people were killed in Cd. Juarez in 2009. This drug war has escalated into a horrific murderous and dangerous situation for anyone living in Juarez, Mexico stray bullets cover the city and anyone can get killed at any given time. 

• Also living in Juarez my family has no medical insurance and we need to be medically covered if anything were to happen to us. My son is a toddler and needs to have regular check-ups to ensure he is healthy and growing properly, although we have medical insurance in Colorado it is only valid in the state of Colorado. My education goals are on hold living in Mexico I cannot afford to pursue my education in Mexico it is just not an option. In Colorado I and my family are eligible for the Displaced Aurarian Fund Scholarship at the Aurarian Campus in Colorado and the Scholarship is only available in Colorado. 

• I hope and pray you take into consideration all these hardships I stated and grant this waiver so my family and I can return to the safety & security of the United States. I thank you for your time

Respectfully Submitted
Jake Marlowe Reyes-Neal

Here is the reason why one has to be circumspect when reading the news. The missing piece of information as to why Jake Marlowe Reyes-Neal’s wife, Tania Idaly Nava Palacios, was deported is because she was an illegal alien AND she tested positive for drug use with her application for residency, to which she admitted drug use to the immigration officer. In spite of that, she was still eligible to reapply for an immigrant visa after three years outside the country. She was eligible to reapply for an immigrant visa in August 2011. Had Tania not been using drugs, she would most likely not have been deported and Jake would most likely still be alive today.


Utah Governor Signs Landmark Immigration Bills

On Tuesday, Republican Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a landmark set of immigration legislation that has drawn protests from people on both sides of the immigration debate. 

Herbert signed the four bills at the state Capitol. 

One of the bills requires police to check the immigration status of anyone stopped for a felony or serious misdemeanor. Another bill creates a guest worker program for illegal immigrants in the state. 

The other bills allow businesses to recruit Mexican workers and let American citizens sponsor foreign residents wanting to work or study in Utah. 

Supporters say the package balances enforcement, compassion and economic realities.

Opponents have begun boycotts of Utah and are threatening lawsuits. 

They include groups who say the guest worker permits offer amnesty and others who are critical of the enforcement measures.

Link to news story.

[Fulano’s comment: Since federal law controls immigration and right to work, three of the four bills are little more than political grandstanding, and have no real legal force. Any employer hiring an illegal immigrant in Utah would still be subject to federal law.]


Mexico raises concerns over Georgia illegal immigration bill

Atlanta’s Mexican Consulate is expressing concerns over the “potentially grave effects” pending legislation targeting illegal immigration could have on Mexican nationals here.

In a statement released Friday, the consulate singled out House Bill 87, which passed Georgia’s House on Thursday. Among other things, HB 87 would authorize state and local police to verify the immigration status of certain suspects. It also would punish certain people who knowingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants here.

“As many local human rights organizations have already expressed, the consulate shares the view that measures focused on criminalizing migrants open possibilities for undue law enforcement practices and racial profiling,” the consulate said in its statement.

“Mexico also expresses its concern over the possible negative effects that this kind of bill could have on the friendship, trade, culture and tourism links that have traditionally united our country with Georgia. Mexico is the state’s third largest international market.”

Last month, the Mexican ambassador to the United States criticized HB 87 in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, saying the legislation “could lead down a slippery slope of racial profiling.”

The bill’s sponsor — Republican Rep. Matt Ramsey of Peachtree City — and other supporters of his legislation have vehemently denied such charges.

“I find it incredibly arrogant and audacious that the Mexican government would inject itself into the Georgia Legislature’s debate on this pressing state issue,” Ramsey said in a statement he issued in response Friday evening. “Their time would be better spent identifying ways to reform the extraordinary levels of corruption in Mexican government and society and improve their nation’s deplorable economy.

“The root cause of illegal immigration from Mexico is the failure of the Mexican government to provide its people economic opportunity or even basic public safety such that millions of its citizens are so desperate that they are willing to break the law to enter the United States in search of a better life.

“I also find it deeply hypocritical that the Mexican government, which has such repressive immigration policies of its own, would criticize our effort to enforce America’s comparatively liberal immigration laws, which are the most welcoming to immigrants in the world.”

Link to article.


Alan Bersin: “No mas” Voluntary Deportations

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin announced a new immigration policy ending voluntary deportations. Gone are the days border patrol agents bus illegal immigrants to the border and then walk them to the same port of entry near the area where they crossed so they can return to Mexico.

“No mas,” said Bersin. “No more returns without consequences.”

Bersin revealed this change in enforcement policy called ACTT or Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats during a press conference held inside a hangar at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Tuesday morning.

“And let the word go out foreign-wide that illegal activity, illegal crossing will not be tolerated in Arizona,” said Bersin.

Bersin credits ACTT, a collaborative enforcement effort that includes over 60 federal, state, local and tribal agencies in Arizona and the Government of Mexico, with strengthening border security on both side so of the border.

The ACTT agencies work together to combat people, gun and drug smuggler organizations operating in the Arizona corridor.

Since its inception in September 2009, ACTT agencies have seized the following:

1.6 million lbs. of marijuana, 3,800 lbs. of cocaine and 1,000 lbs. of methamphetamine
$13 million in undeclared U.S. currency
268 weapons
270,000 illegal immigrants arrested between ports of entry
14,000 illegal immigrants arrested with criminal records
“Every key metric that you can look at shows that these efforts are making a difference in the lives of the people of Arizona,” said Bersin.

But Nine On Your Side wanted to know what new consequences illegal immigrants will face moving forward.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, first time arrestees will be charged with a misdemeanor for illegal entry and will then be bused or flown to an area far away from where they crossed so they can’t meet up with their smuggler again.

Illegal immigrants arrested a second time will then face illegal re-entry charges, a felony that carries a prison sentence between six months to two years.

“And we expect to see even greater progress made over the next two years in bringing down illegal activity in restoring the rule of law to the U.S. / Mexico border,” said Bersin.

DHS formed ACTT to improve communications and to share intelligence but letting the public know about it was kept a secret until the feds could prove its success.

In the coming months, DHS will continue to deploy additional resources including two new forward operating bases to expand its field operations while lessening drive time for agents who are assigned to remote areas.

Bersin said DHS is currently working with the Tohono O’Odham tribe to possibly locate one of its bases on tribal land that shares 70 miles of border with Mexico.