I can’t believe that nobody commented on the story by Curtis Howard, “That’s Life, and Life’s Not Easy” (November 7). I browsed through the comments in the November 15 issue and not one was about that interesting story. Curtis is trying to do right even though many things are stacked up against him. I give the guy tons of credit, but that kind of credit does not pay his bills. I wish him the best of luck and hope that his story gets across to others who are following in his footsteps before it’s too late.
Not Enough Time
Please read my letter, since you clearly did not read the story “Deported,” October 11, 2012, before it was published — or maybe that is not part of your job? The accounts of what happened to Elizabeth Gonzalez and Frank when they were here illegally is loathing and full of racist allegations, lies, and misinformation about immigration laws.
Elizabeth Gonzalez, at 17 years old, came from Acapulco and decided to cross illegally by paying $3,000 to a smuggler. From where the smugglers abandoned her, it took 15 hours to drive to Oxnard. But, prior to that, when the border patrol stopped her and asked where she was going, they let her go when she said she was walking to Oxnard? In one month she learned English. I imagine that for most people it takes years to learn it, and some never do. She traveled to Utah where she was able to get an I.D. and even buy a car; then traveled to Washington and Atlanta where she started dating online and married the guy two months after meeting him. After roaming our country freely when it is time to face the fact that she has no papers then she wants a lawyer and knows the law — except, apparently, the federal law that she had been breaking since 2003.
She says for many reasons she does not want to come back to the United States, and that she can wait until her son is 21 and get citizenship. According to ICE, deported people cannot come back ever; they are not even allowed to be a certain distance from the border. If her son was going to be able to get her papers it is called a permanent resident card, commonly referred to as the green card, to become a legal resident; citizenship is obtained after five years of living here legally. Her sister, who is a citizen, has provided for her by opening stores where she can work and support herself and her son, but it never occurred to the sister to apply to obtain a green card for Elizabeth? This tells me they all follow the same path — entering illegally into the United States.
In the second story, Frank saw a “white” man for the first time when his mother’s boyfriend showed up one day to smuggle him across the border. His mother worked harder that anyone with 14-hour days, and he, after taking care of his two brothers the mother also paid to smuggle across, instead of working hard like his mother was doing, decided to join the local gangs; choosing “brown pride” instead of becoming a naturalized citizen.
His hardworking mother became a drunk and had a drug-addict boyfriend after her white man left her; but she had the wisdom of applying for papers for her and his brothers when the opportunity came? He had no recollection of his mother because she left him behind and also left two more sons ages four and two? But at only six years old he has fond memories of growing up in Mexico? So, when she left the youngest one had just been born? And he remembers growing up, but not the language?
Frank learned perfect English in about three months. Not even joining the Navy made him love and appreciate our country. He decides to enter the smuggler business ,and when he is caught, he was set up?
Whites will not be deported because they were born here. If someone smuggles a relative, I do not think they will just receive a fine. Smuggling is a federal crime. The government does not make money from jailing illegals. Local government receives money from the federal government for the expenses incurred from illegals in jails, and it does not cost $100 for each. If you become a naturalized citizen, you can still be deported if you commit a crime against our country. In his mind, he is a good person and life has done him wrong, but he accepts it like any good hero. Just imagine what would have happened to his now-wife if he did not “rescue” her from prostitution. I wonder if she knows he said this of her.
I do not see a point in printing stories like “Deported.” Most illegals do not read Spanish or English. Tijuana is full of deported immigrants, and they all have a story. If you plan to have someone write about them as well, there will not be time on this earth to read them all. There are millions of people from all over the word that want to come live in the United States of America too; imagine if they are all allowed to be here legally or illegally.
A Life of Constant Worry
Regarding the October 11 cover story, “Deported.”
Entering the United States of America without the proper documents is illegal. People have crossed — and still continue to cross — the U.S. border illegally, risking their own lives and exposing themselves to dangers such as rape, abandonment by a coyote in the middle of nowhere, and/or starvation, similar to Elizabeth’s experience. Others may have to wait an extra week to see their loved ones that already crossed the border, simply because the coyote decided to increase the amount of the cost for having crossed them illegally, like in Frank’s case. This is heart-wrenching!