On the surface, the story of an illegal alien Florida honor student who was going to be deported but who now has a two year reprieve (link) sounds like a heartwarming tale; good luck finding anyone in the media not presenting it as such.
However, after the excerpt I'll discuss three very major downsides that you'll never hear about from the establishment media. Then, I'll mention what you can do. First, the excerpt:
[Daniela Pelaez] and her sister, Dayana, learned Tuesday their case would be given a deferred action for two years, meaning federal immigration authorities will not carry out any deportation order during that time.
On Wednesday they met in Washington with Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, whose district in Congress includes North Miami Senior High School. The young women also met with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., whose office took the lead working with federal immigration officials on her behalf. Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen, R-Miami, who wrote letters to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on their behalf, planned to meet with Pelaez and her sister on Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, asked the sisters to stop by his office, too.
...Nelson spoke to Napolitano on the phone Monday night, and the Homeland Security chief pledged to personally get involved. By Tuesday, the agency had issued a stay.
"Given that the chief missions of our immigration enforcement are national security, public safety and securing our borders, how is it we have the time and resources to target a high-school honor student like Daniela?" Nelson asked in his letter.
Pelaez came to the United States at age 4 with her family from Barranquilla, Colombia. Her brother serves in the U.S. Army and has become a U.S. citizen. Her mother is stuck in Colombia after returning in 2006 to get successful treatment for colon cancer. Her father, Antonio Pelaez, was able to receive residency through her brother.
1. The media will only present the positive side of the issue: the U.S. is richer by one honor student. What the media won't ever discuss is that at the same time, the struggling, Third World country Colombia is poorer by one honor student. In olden days, colonialists would raid countries like Colombia for their material wealth and in the cases of other countries for their laborers. Today's colonialists have it much easier: those like Rubio, Nelson, and Napolitano can just wait for human resources to come to the U.S. The media and politicians will present their actions as humanitarian, when in fact they're braindraining struggling foreign countries. Most of those who'd be covered by the DREAM Act will be from Mexico, a country where just 3500 to 6000 students excel in math. Colombia appears to be in slightly better shape (link, link), but they still need all the smart people they can get. Obviously, it's not impossible for them to return to their home country, and unless their mother gets residency here that's the only way to reunite their family.
2. Nelson, Rubio, and the rest will further incentivize illegal immigration. Other people in foreign countries who get tourist visas will look to this example as something that (somewhat) worked out and might decide to overstay their visas too. That will lead to yet more mixed-status families and yet more family separations. The supposed job of those like Rubio and Nelson is to promote good public policies, and they're doing the opposite.
3. And, of course, all of this is part of the wider campaign to promote the DREAM Act. As discussed at the link that's an anti-American bill that would let the illegal aliens covered by it deprive some citizens of college.
Overall, the best thing for all concerned would be for the sisters and the father to return home: that would be best for their family, it would be best for their country, and it would be best for the U.S.
If you want to encourage good rather than bad policy, one of the best things you could do is to help discredit politicians who support the DREAM Act. And, the way you do that is by using the Question Authority plan to ask those politicians the questions on the DREAM Act page.
You can also contact those involved in this current case:
@MarcoRubio (also @SenRubioPress)
Thu, 03/08/2012 - 16:03 · Importance: 4