In another heartstrings-tugger intended to obscure the facts and hammer Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Republic re-introduces us to Katherine Figueroa, a pretty 9-year-old whose illegal alien parents were arrested in a car wash workplace raid.
“The sheriff got them working,” she said, through tears. “They weren’t doing anything. They were just working.” She pointed to another trailer down the row where she lived, where another family was similarly separated by the criminal acts of the parents. Katherine said, “The sheriff did the same thing” [to them].
Reporter Richard Ruelas and his newspaper know the facts are quite different than the little girl who is personally affected by the arrest of her parents — parents who unfortunately for her are criminals using the social security numbers of others. Both have been charged with felony forgery.
Katherine speaks with them on the phone. She also corresponds by mail. Her mother wrote her a four-page letter written in Spanish in which she deceptively told her daughter, “We are not here because we did anything wrong.”
Katherine had to wait to visit her parents since her illegal alien relatives were unable to take her due to the fact that the jail doesn’t allow people in the country illegally to visit inmates. Eventually a family friend was recruited.
Katherine’s father Carlos is described in the article as saying he “didn’t come here for the money. “I came here for a dream – to realize a dream for my daughter.” Carlos has purchased land in Mexico, where he plans to build a home.
Ruelas writes that prosecutors offered to reduce his jail time if he testified that the owners of the car wash knowingly hired illegal aliens. But he won’t do that. “I can’t tell a lie,” he said. Apparently neither Ruelas nor Carlos are aware that using forged or stolen documents is both a crime and a lie, but such facts would complicate the improbable fairy tale.
The pastor at the church they attend has warned parishioners about immigration sweeps. He complicitly advised his flock to stay silent if questioned by police or deputies about their legal status.
“My parents were scared. So was I,” she said. “Just like I was born over there and not here. I was scared of the sheriff, too.”
Young Katherine is is also being used by other amnesty activists. They videotaped her on the day of the arrests and put it on YouTube. In the video, she tearfully pleads with President Obama to change immigration laws and help her parents.