Everyone has probably heard about the tragic accident in Florida on a smoke filled highway that has resulted in the deaths of 10 people so far. What you may not know is that 5 of the dead were all from one family in Georgia. What will follow is not an attempt to take away from horrendous nature of what occurred but rather an attempt to once again point out the hypocrisy in our immigration enforcement policies and practices.
You see that family was here illegally. They didn’t just show up yesterday or last week either. They had been living in this country for 12 years. The father was not exactly in the shadows either. He started a church which caters to the Hispanic community. His kids all attended school. Somewhere down the line while operating his tax exempt church, which I don’t if he applied for that status or not, he acquired a couple of vans, drivers licenses, tags and made quite a nice life for himself and his family here. In other words he was living the American dream without the burden of having to be an American.
He and the other survivors, along with other members of their church in Marietta, Church of the Restoration at U.S. 41 and S. Marietta Parkway, where Jose Carmo was one of the founding pastors, are all still in shock at the deaths — in the other church van — of Carmo, his wife, Adriana, their 17 year old daughter, Leticia, his brother Edsom and the brother’s girlfriend, Rose DaSilva.
The 15-year-old daughter, Lidiane, who survived and is still in a Gainesville, Fla. hospital, was told Tuesday that her immediate family is gone.
The family moved to the U.S. from Brazil 12 years ago.
They were undocumented.
This week in Georgia our legislature has taken up the issue of shoring up funds for the state run, lottery financed scholarship program called the HOPE scholarship and along with it the topic of tuition rate for illegal aliens came up. You see they, the institutions of higher learning that is and the illegal immigrant supporters, are trying to change the very terms of the argument. It is no longer a matter of acknowledging the presence of illegals, it is now all about setting the terms in which this population will be treated, almost reminiscent of the old ‘separate but equal’ arguments that stoked the Civil Rights arguments of the 60’s.
My counter charge in both of these cases is that if immigration agencies were doing their job properly they wouldn’t be in this country long enough to have developed roots or become ingrained into their communities. Arguing that a person had received a K thru 12 education in this country while being here illegally is used as an argument to allow them attend college would be rendered moot, since they should have received a K thru 1 education at best before being deported.
You see the illegal aliens and their advocates now count on the complacency of the average citizen to tolerate them and the hugely ineffective programs set up to address the problem. Those that do speak up are quickly smeared with personal epithets and character assaults to shut them up.
The fact that the family was here illegally does not change the horrific facts of what has now occurred, but they should have never been there in that place and time to start with with our immigration laws were enforced and don’t think starting a church and being a very public figure in the community is exactly living in the shadows. Additionally medical aid for the sole surviving member of this family as well putting together other details of what occurred has been hampered by the inability of those connected to speak English.
The AP article published this morning and posted on the ABC web site doesn’t even mention the fact that these people were here illegally.
Liberals and the illegal immigration supporters you can put these deaths in your column.