The Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) runs a report on the illegal aliens — referred to 9 times in the article as “undocumented immigrants”* – who are having trouble coming up with the $465 application fee for Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
It’s a tear jerker of a story about so-called “dreamers” who can’t raise the money, which covers administrative costs, because they can’t “legally work and often come from low-income families.”
Among the organizations collecting funds to provide the fees are Chicanos Por La Causa and New York based Public Interest Projects. A national network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups has even jumped into action to help young homosexual immigrants apply for the program.
“These are people who want to work. They want to pay taxes. They want to be contributors to our community,” declared illegal advocate Arjelia Gomez. Since the term “our community” is typically used in solely referencing the Hispanic community, it’s difficult to know who the dreamers actually dream of contributing to. We’d lay our bets on the fact that for most of them, it’s not the community at large.
The República reports that as of November 15, more than 308,935 “dreamers,” including 11,074 in Arizona, applied for the impossible to regulate program. Nationally, more than 53,273 applications have been approved, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Advocates state more would apply if they had help paying the fee.
Obama’s program gifts illegals with the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. for two years without concerns of being deported. Petitioners must be younger than 31, have moved to the U.S. before they turned 16 and have lived here for at least five consecutive years. How substantiation of such information will be ferreted out from those who live outside the law is a mystery. If 30-year-old Jose, who came here last month, says he was brought over as a babe in arms at age two, what procedures will be implemented to get to the truth?
Other questions arise. On average, illegals pay their transporting coyotes upwards of $6,000 per person (this Atlantic Magazine article says the costs can be $20,000 or more) to furtively bring them into the United States. Why is it these impoverished people can raise that level of cash to gain unlawful access into our country but can’t manage to come up with $465 for a program they have been marching and loudly clamoring for? Illegals in the U.S. have long bolstered the Mexican economy by sending billions of dollars in remittances to their relatives. This money sent home by Mexicans residing in the USA, rose 6.9% in 2011 (compared to 2010) to 22.730 billion dollars. Remittances are the second largest source of foreign exchange in Mexico after crude oil exports. The Atlantic article dates back to 2007, but details how mass “migration” into the United States has left many towns in Mexico half-empty, but much wealthier.
Maybe it’s time the dreamy illegals solicit their Mexican relatives to send a few bucks norte for a change?
*Our popular glossary known as “Lingo” provides assistance in Reading in Republicese. Check out the word “undocumented.”