Let me tell you about a mom from Mexico, who came to the U.S.
You probably think that you've already heard that story. But I've got one you probably haven't heard yet - - and I'll get to it in a moment.
Of course, I'm assuming that you're probably already familiar with Elvira Arellano. She's the thirty-two year old Mexican citizen who, it was announced last week, was deported to her native homeland, after spending the past year “seeking to elude federal capture” (the official description given to her by the authorities at I.C.E., the depart of Immigration and Customs Enforcement ).
The story has been told over and over. Arellano illegally enters the United States; gets deported; illegally enters the U.S. again; uses a phony Social Security number to get a job cleaning airplanes at an airport in Chicago (a colossal breach of transportation security - - Michael Chertoff, where are you???); gets pregnant and delivers a baby; takes up residency in a Chicago church building; and then, in conjunction with church officials, lets the world know what she’s doing, and her reason for doing it - - sequestering herself in the building so as to evade immigration authorities, and to draw attention to the allegedly “unjust” immigration policies of the United States.
As if all that wasn't sufficiently brazen and lawless, Ms. Arellano appeared in Los Angeles last weekend and held a press conference, wherein she stated that the immigration policies of the United States are “destroying” families, and that she cannot sit by and watch that happen.
Not surprisingly, after over a year of her taunting and her “waving it in the face” behavior, and her choreographed and stage-managed press conferences, Federal authorities arrested Ms. Arellano and sent her to Tijuana .
And that’s the story that the whole world has heard, about the mom from Mexico.
But now let me tell you about another a mom from Mexico. The story is similar, yet at the same time very, very different. And were it not for the reporting in Arizona's East Valley Tribune newspaper, this mom's plight would probably not be known much beyond her own circle of friends and family.
Maria Torres-DeChamberlin, a resident of Mesa, Arizona, came to the U.S. several years ago with her husband, children, and her "green card." After obtaining a job working for Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff ’s department, she then began to pursue full U.S. citizenship.
Her journey towards citizenship was disrupted in 2000 with a breast cancer diagnosis, and again in 2003 with the death of her husband.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.