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So I guess it does pay to break the law! Who knew......

Posted by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:17 PM
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WTF?! So I guess its okay to commit ID theft and fraud, and get away with it?

Undocumented Mexican woman won't be deported


Posted: Aug 07, 2010 12:58 PM PDTUpdated: Aug 07, 2010 12:58 PM PDT

Reporter: Sergio Avila
Web producer: Sheryl Kornman

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - An undocumented mother who admits to working in Tucson with a fake Social Security card will not be deported from the United States to Mexico. A deportation order for Marlen Moreno was to be executed on Sunday. But Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stepped in on her behalf.

Part of the reason she did is that Moreno, 25, would be eligible for legal status under the Dream Act, if it passes.

Moreno was greeted with a huge ovation as she walked into Southside Presbyterian Church Friday, after she got word that Immigration and Customs agents would not be detaining her this weekend.
 
"Thank you so very much. I really appreciate that. I want to tell all the persons who are in my same situation to never give up," she said in Spanish.

Moreno was talking about others who would be eligible for legal status in the United States under the Dream Act. A bill stalled in Congress would grant citizenship to people who were brought to the United States by their parents before the children turned 16.

Margo Cowan is Moreno's attorney. "What we are doing is calling on the secretary to cancel removal proceedings for all Dream-eligible people like Marlen. There are thousands of them across the country that are under orders of removal," Cowan said.
   
But not everyone is celebrating with Moreno. She is one of 11 people arrested for working at a Panda Express in Tucson with a fake Social Security card. She was initially charged with a felony for identity theft but pleaded guilty instead to a misdemeanor, criminal impersonation.

However, state Rep. Ted Vogt thinks she should have to pay the consequences.

"One of the sections of the Dream Act says you have to be of good moral character. While they have not specifically laid out what that means, using a Social Security number that's not yours to work in the U.S. or to purchase things, that's a crime," Vogt said.

Cowan said Moreno deserves to stay in the United States "because she contributes to our community. It's not against the law to work and that's all she did is work. Her crime she ended up pleading guilty to is a misdemeanor offense and that's about the equivalent of a traffic ticket."

Cowan said Moreno's husband is in the United States legally and her two children are American citizens. Moreno was brought to Arizona by her parents when she was 13, Cowan said.

"We just want opportunities to move forward and be successful," Moreno said. "We don't want families separated. I don't understand why people are so egotistical and don't see the positive side of things," she said in Spanish.

Cowan said Nevada Sen. Harry Reid promised to bring the Dream Act up for a vote in this coming session of the U.S. Senate.

Vogt said the matter will be stalled until the border is secured.


by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:17 PM
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mommatbot
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:19 PM

disgusting. Find a "common criminal" that is a legal citizen and they'd be punished.

ajjs1972
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:20 PM

that is such fucking bullshit!!!

bubbasmom0917
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:22 PM

send her ass packing to her own country. we don't need her her. i don't care she came with her parents. she stole someones identity. send her back to where she belongs.

billsfan1104
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:22 PM
This is crap. She steals someones identity, gets to stay in this country and doesn't have the decency to speak English.
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mommatbot
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Exactly, I wonder how the person who got their identity stolen feels?

Quoting bubbasmom0917:

send her ass packing to her own country. we don't need her her. i don't care she came with her parents. she stole someones identity. send her back to where she belongs.


hautemama83
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:24 PM

LOL obviously I agree with you ladies. Pisses me off. 

hautemama83
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:25 PM

I asked the same thing!

Quoting mommatbot:

Exactly, I wonder how the person who got their identity stolen feels?

Quoting bubbasmom0917:

send her ass packing to her own country. we don't need her her. i don't care she came with her parents. she stole someones identity. send her back to where she belongs.



Daruth
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:26 PM

This is so so so wrong the broke the law i personally dont care if you are and illegal and have a child on us ground u still go here illegally the should be deported but now the allowed to stay and then given pa to help them pisses me off and then on top of it she was committing a whole other crime of fraud.

sxybxmami
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Someone who steaks someone's identity should be punished. Do you know how much that can harm someone? I'm all for defending illegal immigrants, but I don't like what she did.  She should have been deported for what she did.   

Liyoness
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:34 PM

"She said in Spanish. She said in Spanish."

*Eye roll*

Okay then.

She tried to do her "American" duty and pay income taxes. I don't see this as a huge big deal.

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