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Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete
      #883301 - Wed Dec 28 2011 09:21 AM

http://espn.go.com/espnw/college-sports/7370069/ayded-reyes-fighting-stay-only-place-knows-home

'If they make me go back, I will be lost'
Dec 27 | By Jamie Reno

From the outside, Ayded Reyes seems like she's living the American dream.

The 20-year-old, who attends Southwestern College in Chula Vista near San Diego, is California's top-ranked women's junior college cross country athlete. She carries a 3.50 GPA and her goal is to become an obstetrician. She is also a community volunteer who has worked extensively with children and the elderly. She is a young woman many describe as sweet, effusive and energetic, the "All-American" type.

There's just one catch: She's in the United States illegally.

Reyes' parents brought her to the United States from Mexico illegally when she was 2 years old. She has no memory of Mexico and has four younger siblings who were born here and are legal, but Reyes faces the very real possibility of being sent back.

In late October, a San Diego Harbor Police officer approached the window of Reyes' boyfriend's car, parked about a half-hour after closing time at a port park frequented by many locals, and asked the two for identification. Her boyfriend, an American citizen, showed his ID and was not questioned any further. But when Reyes showed her college ID, the officer asked if she had a state ID or a Social Security card. She said no.

The Harbor Police then followed what they said was standard procedure by running Reyes through a background check in a federal database because she didn't have legal ID. When the check revealed her illegal status, the police contacted border patrol and handed Reyes over.

During five days of incarceration, Reyes said she lost weight and was "scared to death." She said Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials pressured her to sign deportation papers, telling her it would be easier if she just agreed to be sent back to Mexico rather than fight to stay in the U.S., lose her case and become someone with a criminal record. But Reyes refused to sign.

"They kept calling Mexico 'your country.' They kept saying, 'You should go back to your country,' but it's not my country. I don't know anyone in Mexico, not a single person," Reyes said.

An ICE spokesperson said that ICE told Border Patrol to release Reyes, but would not comment any further on her ongoing case.

Just a few hours before she was to be shipped across the border, Reyes said she was given a reprieve when U.S. Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) contacted ICE officials. The congressman, who was first contacted by Reyes' coach, Duro Agbede, subsequently introduced his private bill for Reyes, H.R. 3281, which, if passed, would grant her citizenship based upon special circumstances.

"I was very upset with the initial arrest; she never should have been referred to immigration," Filner said. "You don't have to carry ID in this country. Police can only refer someone to immigration if there is suspicion that a law has been broken. They were sitting in their car talking. This sounds like racial profiling. It should never have gotten this far. I'm going to do whatever I can to keep her here."

Ron Powell, a spokesman for the Port of San Diego, which includes the Harbor Police, refutes Filner's assessment of Reyes' being taken into custody.

"This young woman wasn't picked out; this was not selective treatment," Powell said. "If you or I were sitting in our car at the same time, police would do the same thing to identify you if you did not have valid ID."

Reyes' status in the States is dependent on an upcoming March 2012 hearing. At that time (or a later date, depending on how much Filner's bill delays proceedings), a judge will hear her case and make a decision. Reyes desperately searched for an attorney to represent her, but had little luck at first. She's a full-time student-athlete with very little money. Her parents, both undocumented workers who make minimum wage, help pay for her tuition.

Then Reyes found Jacob Sapochnick, a prominent immigration attorney in San Diego, who, after hearing her story, decided to take her case pro bono.

"Whoever stopped them from the Harbor Police went too far. There was no probable cause that there was any criminal activity," Sapochnick said. "There were no drugs or alcohol; there was no reason for them to verify her ID or for them to call the federal government."

Said Reyes on facing deportation: "If they make me go back, I will be lost."

Since her release, Reyes' days have been spent in a fight with the U.S. government, trying to show why she should stay in this country. Her situation is not uncommon.

"There are an estimated 2.1 million kids and young adults nationwide who are basically living the life Ayded Reyes is living, young people who are eligible for the federal DREAM Act," said David Shirk, an expert on U.S.-Mexico border issues and immigration and director of Trans-Border Institute, citing data from the Institute. "There are an especially substantial number of people who are going through this in California, but really it's happening across the nation."

The DREAM Act ("Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors") is a legislative proposal that has been introduced -- in different versions -- in 2001, 2009 and 2011 in the U.S. House and Senate. Its primary goal is to provide a way for those who came to the U.S. illegally as children to establish legal residency. They would have to be younger than 35, have gone to U.S. high schools and have displayed "good moral character." The Senate version of the bill (S. 952) had hearings in June 2011, but no other actions have been taken. The House version (H.R. 1842) was sent June to the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement for further study.

Shirk continued: "So many people, like Miss Reyes, come here at a very young age and are then punished for it. It's not her fault she is here. This is really the only part of American law in which children are punished for the 'sins,' if you will, of their parents. I hear stories like this story every day. It is not unique other than her unique abilities as an athlete.

"There are many people I have known about who have excelled in school and in other areas of life who are living this sort of secret life, and many of them have been deported even though they came here as babies and even though they are doing great things here. There are so many people living the same life she is living, people who are contributing to society in so many ways, who are still sent back to Mexico or Central America. At the end of the day, she is at the mercy of immigration authorities."

Agbede, who calls Reyes an "unbelievably courageous young woman," is trying to help keep her in the U.S. Her teammates are also aware of her situation and supporting her fight.

Reyes, who takes a city bus to school every day, has been offered scholarships from more than a dozen top four-year universities, including an Ivy League school, but that is now all in limbo because of her uncertain status.

"I'm getting calls right now from coaches all over the country, but we can't really respond or do anything," Agbede said. "This is the time when Ayded would be happily visiting schools and making her decision. But because of what has happened, she can't do anything at this point. It's heartbreaking."

Reyes has some help on her side, starting with Filner's bill. Private bills rarely get passed or even make their way out of committee, especially in the current divisive political climate, but introducing one should give Reyes some sanctuary and delay her deportation hearing, at least for a while. The bill has to go through the usual legal steps, including review by the House Judiciary Committee.

"This story cries out for humane treatment," Filner said. "She is the All-American girl. I don't feel as if she broke any laws. She came here, not of her own volition. She's been here 20 years, she's an exceptional young woman with no ties to Mexico, yet she was in jail for five days and was very, very close to being sent there.

"She has done everything right, her entire life. She does not deserve this treatment."

Reyes said her parents, to date, have not been approached by ICE officials regarding their immigration status. They had considered applying for U.S. citizenship in the past, but were held back by fears that revealing their illegal status would result in deportation. Reyes still would like to become a U.S. citizen someday, but will have to wait until her case is resolved with immigration.

"She should and could be allowed to stay here, but there's no way of knowing," Sapochnick said. "It will depend on the prosecutor and the judge. They're all different when it comes to these cases. She has many family members who are legal, and she's contributed so much to the community with her volunteer work, her scholarly record and her athletics.

"And she has a member of Congress in her corner. It should all work in her favor, but it remains to be seen. Unfortunately, there is no consistency with these prosecutions."

Indeed, in November, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (AIC) released a new survey that found ICE and attorneys across the country are applying different enforcement standards despite the issuance of a national policy memo.

There are outlines for ICE agents and attorneys, detailing the factors that would make an immigration case a low priority. They include an immigrant having ties to America, including schooling and contributions to the community. The survey highlights the fact that while a few ICE offices have begun to implement the guidance, most have not, and many are actively resistant. Some officials said their jobs are simply "to arrest and deport."

Meanwhile, the waiting is causing Reyes a lot of stress.

"It's really nerve-racking," she said. "I don't even know how the system works in Mexico. I didn't even know that I was born there until I was in middle school. To me, well, I've always been a proud American."

Agbede said Reyes has been sad and confused about all that has happened, but still works very hard in sports and in school.

"She has tried not to let this get to her. But obviously her whole life is being challenged right now; she doesn't know if she has a future and it is very frightening," he said. " She has been a model citizen her entire life and she is one of the greatest athletes and people I've ever met. She is a joy to coach and an honor to know."

Reyes' release came just in time for her to run in the Pacific Coast Conference championship. Sitting in a cell for five days didn't stop her from winning the PCC individual championship in a wire-to-wire victory and leading her school to the team title.

However, adding injury to insult, in the California State Championship on Nov. 19 in Fresno, where everyone expected Reyes to dominate, she fell and was stampeded by other runners. But characteristically, she got up and, while still bleeding and in pain, passed more than 200 runners to finish fifth.

Reyes' cross country season is over, but she is looking forward to the start of track season Jan. 9 and her final semester at Southwestern.

She already has begun her training for track and is spending most of her time during the holiday break from school gathering the documents she needs for her immigration case, including letters from teachers and coaches vouching for her character, and proof of her academic and athletic accomplishments, awards and volunteer work.

Every little bit helps, her lawyer keeps telling her. But she knows the painful truth is that despite all her hard work, all her achievements and kindness to others, and all the support she is receiving, she could soon see her American dream trampled and find herself a stranger in a strange land.

"I kind of feel like a girl without a country," she said. "I've been an American my whole life, but now it seems like this country doesn't want me. I don't want to go to Mexico. I've worked hard in school and sports and I've helped people. My dream was to become a doctor. Now I don't know if that will happen. I don't know what my future is. I just have to keep studying, keep running and keep hoping."


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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: Buckeyed11]
      #883308 - Wed Dec 28 2011 09:44 AM

Send her back.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: PrplPplEater]
      #883309 - Wed Dec 28 2011 09:46 AM

Sorry Miss, the laws the law...

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: Buckeyed11]
      #883310 - Wed Dec 28 2011 09:52 AM

Just move to San Francisco, Mexico. You'll be safe and you can smoke all the pot you want.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: PrplPplEater]
      #883311 - Wed Dec 28 2011 09:57 AM

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Send her back.




lol that would suck to one day wake up in your teens and be told you were born in a different country and you had to go back.


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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: Buckeyed11]
      #883312 - Wed Dec 28 2011 10:00 AM

A lot of college athletes are "lost" for breaking rules and laws. Why should she be given an exception?

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: jfanent]
      #883316 - Wed Dec 28 2011 10:17 AM

are you replying to me? i never said she should be given an exception. i said that it would be crazy to wake up in your teens and realize you were born in a different country, thats all.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: Buckeyed11]
      #883332 - Wed Dec 28 2011 11:25 AM

No, I'm just making a statement in response to the article itself....which I admittedly didn't read past the first statement.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: jfanent]
      #883347 - Wed Dec 28 2011 11:57 AM

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No, I'm just making a statement in response to the article itself....which I admittedly didn't read past the first statement.




Makes it easier to be allergic to every spectrum of human emotion that way.

As much as I understand the point about border security not being a joke and an over influx of non-higher level education immigrants impacting some standard of living, do you guys hear yourselves at all? In this case you're trying to toss a student-athlete back over the fence because when she was either two years or months old, she was sneaked across the border. For cripes sake she's going to school to be an obstetrician, the kind of high-level workforce we need, not sprayin' down innocents with the cartels...

It's just odd for me that many posters, fellow citizens, etc. claim and talk up how this is a "Christian nation" without realizing every inch of compassion is void from their bodies as they shout "Kick her ass outta here!" It just seems like misdirected focus. Why don't we all get on the case of why there isn't a secure fence or barrier system at our border, or show some concern that without a valid state ID- on you at all times- you are at odds of being jailed and pressured into deportation? Yeah we need to get a grip on immigration to where we are importing more upper-education employment in and limiting masses outside that level of employ-ability, but kicking out what have become more-or-less 100% Americanized, English-speaking, obstetricians-in-training for what happened well over ten years ago (outside of THEIR control)? That does not make everything right.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: 4yikes2yoshi0]
      #883348 - Wed Dec 28 2011 12:15 PM

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It's just odd for me that many posters, fellow citizens, etc. claim and talk up how this is a "Christian nation" without realizing every inch of compassion is void from their bodies as they shout "Kick her ass outta here!"




Being Christian and compassionate has nothing to do with this. I'm sure most of the millions of illegal immigrants have a heartwarming story behind their entering our country illegally, and many of them have been shared in the media. I truly feel for their predicament, but where do you draw the line? We are already at the point we cannot afford them, have altered our social systems and changed the way we communicate to accomodate the multitudes. The blame in this story lies with her parents, not the compassion lacking American citizens trying to enforce their laws.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: Buckeyed11]
      #883352 - Wed Dec 28 2011 12:38 PM

Lived in the country for 18 years, and in that time appears to have contributed to it, earned an Ivy League scholarship and carved out a bright future.

But I imagine many will take the firm 'rules are rules' stance.

Common sense would say she stays.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: PDR]
      #883364 - Wed Dec 28 2011 01:34 PM

Common sense says that the parents would have addressed the problem long before now !

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: waterdawg]
      #883375 - Wed Dec 28 2011 02:46 PM

jc..


Not any fault of her own, she committed no crime, her parents did, and she is shown to be a productive member of society.

So, let her stay, give her the citizenship she basically has earned, and put her parents in prison for life, and advertise the punishment all along the border.

And on another note, maybe we could offer some of our prison inmates freedom if they promise to stay south of the border in Mexico, and returning to the US is immediate execution.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: PDR]
      #883388 - Wed Dec 28 2011 03:49 PM

The laws on immigration need to be overhauled.

You can't have laws on the books that you sometimes enforce and sometimes don't.

If it were me:

1. I'd secure the southern border with the drones used in Afganistan. We have to stop the source of the problem first.

2. I'd have a 180 day amnesty window for those here illegally. They need to either choose citizenship, a new status that will be described later, or they need to make provisions to leave the country. After 180 days if you are in this country illegally you are jailed, fined and deported.

3. I'd create a "yellow" card that would allow a streamlined process for migratory workers for certain occupations. It would allow for travel between home country and the US, would be monitored by the feds and would have rational limits to how many workers would be allowed.

4. I'd speed up the process for immigrants who want to become citizens. We have an aging population that is causing a stress on social programs, housing, and other issues. People who want to be US Citizens should be welcomed with open arms and in a prompt and efficient process.

That's about it.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: Heldawg]
      #883424 - Wed Dec 28 2011 06:37 PM

Living on the border here, with a HUGE cuban, haitian, dominican population, I can see both the benefits and the detriments.

The citizenship program is BROKEN. Flat out. The road to citizenship is so full of roadblocks and BS bureaucratic red tape that it's not even funny. I have seen many individuals who would pass as citizens without even a second glance who have been mired in the garbage that is our "process". One of my very best workers is a Haitian born man, who quite frankly is the best worker I have ever had. He spent 9 years and untold thousands of dollars to gain his citizenship. He went through every step they put in front of him and jumped through every hoop. It is quite a obstacle course. Especially when you're trying to work 2 jobs and send money home to family and raise your kids.

The system needs to be streamlined. We all know that efficiency isn't our gov't's strong suit. They need to make it more clear and easier to navigate. There would be far less issues with this type of thing and a lot less govt waste.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: Buckeyed11]
      #883487 - Thu Dec 29 2011 05:36 AM

I must be confused because I don't understand why there is no mention of her parents being booted out of the country.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: GMdawg]
      #883616 - Thu Dec 29 2011 02:11 PM

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I must be confused because I don't understand why there is no mention of her parents being booted out of the country.




According to the article ...

Quote:

Her parents, both undocumented workers who make minimum wage, help pay for her tuition.




If I had to wager, I'd bet that if they're making minimum wage, they're probably paying taxes on it. That's more often than not how it works.

INS isn't going to waste the time, money and manpower to track down two people who are paying taxes.

On top of that, you have to factor in who their employers are. If it's someone who draws some water in their municipality ... forget about it.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: GMdawg]
      #883641 - Thu Dec 29 2011 03:05 PM

Quote:

I must be confused because I don't understand why there is no mention of her parents being booted out of the country.




there is a good movie/documentary that i think is called "a day without mexicans" and it talks about how our whole society would break down because they do so much "grunt" work for us. just like the poster above said, if they have jobs that are minimum wage and are happy with that, they won't bother tracking them down.

also, on the show border wars, they always talk about tracking down the illegals who "smuggle humans or drugs" into the country and have criminal records. if they are law abiding citizens, there is not enough manpower to waste their time tracking them down


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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: PDR]
      #883744 - Thu Dec 29 2011 08:37 PM

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Her parents, both undocumented workers who make minimum wage, help pay for her tuition.




Also according to the artilce:

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The 20-year-old, who attends Southwestern College in Chula Vista near San Diego




Southwestern College is a Californian Community College which means that all California taxpayers also help pay her tuition since she gets in-state tuition(subsidized tuition).

She pays $36 per unit. If she was a legal resident from another state, she'd have to pay $190 per unit. source

But anyways, Congratulations to the OP who like many other supporters of illegal immigrants who cherry pick and only highlight the ones that are living here outstandingly and ignoring the ones that drive without a license that happen to hit and kill pedestrians. And, then we decide that impounding their cars when they get caught is too much of a hardship on them and decide to let them go with their cars.Then, you always have the ones that love to join gangs too.

Well, you can always point out the few that are actually successful, there's plenty more who only clog up our schools and don't want to learn in the first place or worse slow down those who do want to learn. Take a look at L.A.'s dropout rate sometimes. source- 2005 In short, you can find good stories, but there is plenty more bad stories out there.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: Buckeyed11]
      #883788 - Thu Dec 29 2011 10:14 PM

Hasta la vista,baby.
The whole damned country is broken,if's she's hot let her stay.
T othe poster saying we can't survive without illegals,I say we can.Let's get rid of them and truely find out.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: BCbrownie]
      #883873 - Fri Dec 30 2011 01:04 AM

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T othe poster saying we can't survive without illegals,I say we can.Let's get rid of them and truely find out.




We've overcome much worse.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: BCbrownie]
      #883933 - Fri Dec 30 2011 09:17 AM

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To the poster saying we can't survive without illegals,I say we can.Let's get rid of them and truely find out.




i didn't say that i said there is a movie/documentary about that. lol


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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: Buckeyed11]
      #883965 - Fri Dec 30 2011 11:44 AM

jc.


The problem is that there are more illegals than there is farm jobs, etc... So they have migrated into the trades and service jobs.

You know all those hotel maids, drywallers, stucco and carpentry crews, lawn care, all those jobs "Americans don't want" I bet there's plenty of Americans who would clean hotel rooms, work as cooks in restaurants, mow lawns right now.

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: FloridaFan]
      #883968 - Fri Dec 30 2011 12:05 PM

i have it on good authority that the kids graduating college now don't even WANT to work, they just want to facebook, tweet, text, and get paid

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: Buckeyed11]
      #883971 - Fri Dec 30 2011 12:20 PM

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i have it on good authority that the kids graduating college now don't even WANT to work, they just want to facebook, tweet, text, and get paid




Is that supposed to be a "p" on the last word or an "l"

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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: FloridaFan]
      #883979 - Fri Dec 30 2011 12:50 PM



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Re: Good Article about an Illegal Immigrant Athlete [Re: Buckeyed11]
      #884077 - Fri Dec 30 2011 07:29 PM

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To the poster saying we can't survive without illegals,I say we can.Let's get rid of them and truely find out.




i didn't say that i said there is a movie/documentary about that. lol




There were actually days in which they did this in Los Angeles. Traffic was great during those days. And, we got by just fine.

But the thing that gets me is they say that they only take jobs that Americans don't want. Lawn Care, I did that when I was younger and was able to make a few bucks here and there. My first official job was as a dishwasher/bus boy at a local hole in the wall restaurant. These are jobs Americans do take, especially the youth who need to develop a sense of work ethic rather than relying on mommy and daddy to give them money and then asking for a free handout when mommy and daddy stop handing cash out.

The only industry that I can think that Americans may not take, but I'd be in favor of setting up a program to allow immigrants to take those jobs that want to go through the proper channels.

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