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Friday, June 02, 2006

PostHeaderIcon Myrna Dick and her Deportation

originally posted on myspace.com on June 2, 2006

Myrna is a sunday school teacher at my church. Maybe you've seen her story in the news? Here it is in brief:

She came to the United States from Mexico with her family when she was 9, entering the US on a medical visa. Myrna is 31 today. After her visa expired her family remained in the U.S. illegally and she grew up in this country. She returned to Mexico in her early twenties to attend her grandmother's funeral. To re-enter the U.S. - to come back to what was her home, she sold everything she had and paid a "coyote" to help her and 37 of her fellow villagers to come to the U.S. illegally. This country was the only home she had known from the age of 9 on - she wanted to come back HOME.

She is among the 11 million immigrants who live in our country illegally. She is married to Brady, who is an engineer with Sprint, and they have an 18-month-old child. Myrna has been a member of our church for the last four or five years, and has served as a Sunday School teacher, a nursery worker, and volunteered in other areas. It was said she falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen (she denies that she ever claimed this). Falsely claiming citizenship is a crime requiring deportation with no possibility of re-entering the U.S. in the future.

You would think that there is a better use of INS resources than this case. I'm just passing this on, think of it what you will.

Seemingly, the controversy in the news is just about illegals crossing the border. It's not. it is also affecting those who have lived here for the last 20 years (many brought here as minors by their parents), assimilated, and are productive & important members of our society. I'm all for immigration reform. Don't get me wrong, I do not promote illegal entry here (but do promote immigration) but in this instance, I am for Myrna to stay here, continue living as a citizen, raising her American child on American soil and living with her American husband. Sending her back to Mexico and forciably separating her from her family is almost the most un-American thing I've heard in a long time.

They are seeking to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Second, if you would like to know more about their story, or would like to register support for her, Myrna's friends have set up a website for her in the hope of helping her stay here with her family. At the website you can find a sample e-mail you can send to your congressman as well as a listing of how to contact congress or the President. There are numerous articles on the site from the Star and Ingram's magazine. Click on this link to visit Myrna's site.

If you got this far , thanks for listening :)

Here is some related news stories:

"She sees a fraction of hope in a proposal sponsored by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo. The draft bill could allow some illegal immigrants who are married to Americans and have children born in the U.S. to remain in this country."

"the family's case is attracting the attention of prominent legislators who say it symbolizes the contradictions of the broken U.S. immigration system."


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