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Stay, Hide or Leave? Hard Choices
for Immigrants in the Heartland

New York Times, by Jack Healy

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Posted By:zephyrgirl, 8/12/2017 6:57:00 PM

HAMPTON, Iowa — It was quitting time. Edith Rivera took one last lunch order, dropped off a basket of tortilla chips and set off from work, heading out to the farm roads where other immigrants feared to drive. Like them, Ms. Rivera, 33, had no legal status in the country where she had lived for 18 years. She had no driver’s license, apart from the long-expired North Carolina identification she held safe, like a talisman, in her wallet. But as she skimmed past the northern Iowa cornfields on her way to her son Steven’s seventh-grade track meet, she did not

I have limited sympathy for illegals - The husband of this family committed ID fraud, and was caught multiple times entering illegally. They knew what they were doing. No mention of the handouts they received in their 18 years in the U.S for their U.S. born anchor baby.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Flipper3, 8/12/2017 6:58:46 PM     (No. 11349789)

The choice is easy. Leave.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mfm, 8/12/2017 6:58:48 PM     (No. 11349790)

Play by the rules..Immigrants? phooey

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Vesicant, 8/12/2017 7:05:09 PM     (No. 11349798)

The world´s smallest violin.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 8/12/2017 7:20:22 PM     (No. 11349803)

GTHO of my country.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Paglia guy, 8/12/2017 7:21:45 PM     (No. 11349805)

Exactly. Boo blanking hoo.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hardright, 8/12/2017 7:27:55 PM     (No. 11349809)

Agree with all previous posters. Leave. You are here illegally.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: provide, 8/12/2017 7:30:41 PM     (No. 11349811)

About 10 years ago, a National Hebrew meat plant in northern Iowa was cleaned out by Immigration. They were closed for a long time as they were forced to hire legal workers.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Ribald1, 8/12/2017 7:35:36 PM     (No. 11349814)


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Reply 9 - Posted by: greggojo, 8/12/2017 7:43:41 PM     (No. 11349818)

The media has been feeding us individual sob stories for as long as I can remember, and on an individual basis these stories seem very touching (which is why the reporters write them). However, just to educate this woman´s child through the 8th grade, cost taxpayers $90,000. How many "free´ (to them) ER visits have taxpayers paid for? How much in EBT have they received through their son, who was born (no doubt at taxpayers´expense) in America? When are these reporters going to accurately report the real cost to taxpayers of an immigrant family? This family has a single child, many illegals have 3 or more children.

America is nearly 20 trillion dollars in debt. Many of our communities are now violence plagued barrios. Many high schools in the southwest are now ranked among the worst schools, overrun by Mexican gangs. Many hospitals are near bankruptcy due to the free care that by law they must give illegal aliens. Enough. I am truly sorry, but go home.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Jasmine, 8/12/2017 7:48:27 PM     (No. 11349821)

The New York Times knows the difference between legal immigrants, and illegal aliens. Yet it presents the problem as one faced by "immigrants," which illegal aliens are not.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: gramma b, 8/12/2017 8:00:33 PM     (No. 11349829)

Boo freakin´ hoo.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/12/2017 8:22:27 PM     (No. 11349840)

Another sob story. Illegal. Go home. Come back legally if you wish to try again.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: MDConservative, 8/12/2017 9:22:23 PM     (No. 11349864)

If we can pick and choose laws to obey, like immigration laws, I choose to shutter the New York Times. To Hades with their First Amendment rights...and I would expect to find plenty of Federal judges who would extend the same courtesy to my biases as to those they exempt from the President´s lawful authority.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: dvc, 8/12/2017 9:54:31 PM     (No. 11349885)

Immigrants are welcomed. Illegal aliens, on the other hand, need to LEAVE.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 8/12/2017 10:23:39 PM     (No. 11349900)

So you had no freedom or opportunity in the country where you were born so you came here or were brought here to STEAL MINE? How is that fair.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Vaquero45, 8/12/2017 10:25:39 PM     (No. 11349903)

Listen up, Edith Rivera. You´re a criminal. You and your husband aren´t supposed to be here. Your child wasn´t supposed to be born here. You´re driving around without a license - and, I´ll bet, no insurance. Get out of my country and don´t dare come back.

Listen up, New York Times. These stories make us mad, and harden our resolve.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: kiwinews, 8/12/2017 10:38:06 PM     (No. 11349906)

It is hard. It is hard to give back a stolen life. Illegal immigration needs to be stopped. Children born of women illegally present in our country should not have birthright citizenship - fruit of the poison tree. The legal immigration process also needs to be repaired and those people who applied openly and properly be served. Why should Marco and Maria wait years and pay hundreds of dollars while Micaelo and Margarita barge in free and get to stay?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: subal, 8/12/2017 11:06:09 PM     (No. 11349921)

I was not impressed until I read the last line. But it redeemed the writer!
“One way,” Ms. Rivera says. “No return.”

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Evocatus, 8/12/2017 11:27:27 PM     (No. 11349931)

Go home. Open your passport, see who issued it. That´s where you are from. Go there.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Evocatus, 8/12/2017 11:28:10 PM     (No. 11349932)

If you are here without authorizing paperwork, you are not an immigrant, you are an invader.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: tangles, 8/12/2017 11:51:10 PM     (No. 11349938)

It´s not legal to be here and really not legal to steal a social security #. Go home and change your own country, not mine.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/13/2017 1:24:49 AM     (No. 11349961)

There are a lot of enablers in that story. How many illegal acts are described in the article? All day every day. No sympathy.

If they own a ranch in Mexico, why are they here sponging off of US?

If only the bleeding hearts cared as much about veterans or the elderly American citizens.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: patchy groundfog, 8/13/2017 7:42:00 AM     (No. 11350061)

Once again, a reporter can find an illegal and print her full name and location but the US government cannot - even after 18 years.

Try underpaying your taxes by $100 and see if you are entitled to the same leniency.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Laotzu, 8/13/2017 10:39:07 AM     (No. 11350233)

Why don´t we just flood the economy with cheap, unskilled labor, and then raise the minimum wage. That´ll make the economy sing.

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