May 11, 2009

The best Mothers' Day article the News Journal could come up with

That would be Esteban Parra's article about illegal immigrants facing deportation. Yep, Esteban oozes with the viscous craving for sympathy for Carmen Irineo, whose hubby(?) was deported back in February. Here's the title, for starters: For many, deportation forces agonizing decision. Now check it:

"Diana and Ana Ramírez don't know how much time they have with their mother."

"This leaves Irineo with a heartbreaking decision if she loses her deportation fight: Leave her daughters here with friends ..."

"'I don't have any family here I can leave them with,' Irineo said."

"'It's extremely disruptive,' said Rick Hogan, a Wilmington immigration attorney."

"This Mother's Day, 'the share of adult women living with their children (64 percent) is substantially higher than the share of men (38 percent) among unauthorized immigrants.'"

"President Barack Obama is expected to address immigration reform later this year, including a proposal to give illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. Any solution may not come soon enough for Irineo, who has an immigration hearing in July to decide her fate."

Sub-headline: A family torn apart.

"'Often the children of immigrants, living in a country other than the father or mother, they go through all this stress and pain and depression,' [Brother Chris Posch, director of Hispanic ministries for the Diocese of Wilmington] said. 'Then when they become adolescents, they become high-risk youth. If this isn't terrorism, I don't know what is.'"

"The community is living in fear ..."

It's almost as if the News Journal really does have a circulation death wish by using Mother's Day to run a story like this -- which is virtually guaranteed to be savaged by the online version's commenters. And while I don't agree with the tone of many (most?) of said commenters, the overall point of many is well-taken: Mrs. Irineo knew the chance(s) she was taking and knowingly broke the law. And now the state's largest newspaper is taking up her cause -- on Mother's Day -- as if there weren't any other human interest stories out there for this holiday.

I also found this quote quite interesting, since it totally goes against the politically correct grain of what bilingual "advocates" say, as well as those concerned with minority "cultural destruction":

This leaves Irineo with a heartbreaking decision if she loses her deportation fight: Leave her daughters here with friends, in a culture they know, in a place where they can get a good education; or, take them with her to her small town in Mexico, where they don't speak the language fluently and where there are limited educational opportunities beyond sixth grade.

Whaaaat? Irineo's daughters aren't familiar with Mexican culture? They don't speak Spanish?? How can this be?? Doesn't Irineo know what she's "doing" to her own children? Once again, Mrs. Irineo's example directly contradicts what elitist "experts" say about the "melting pot" concept. Which, in my opinion, is a good thing despite Parra's ridiculously sympathetic portrayal. Unfortunately, I'd bet good money that Irineo is in the minority on this front.

And did Parra slip here?

Carmen Irineo, 38, is fighting deportation. Her husband, Herón Ramírez, was deported in February.

Then there's this:

At 24, she left Mexico and crossed illegally into the United States.

She arrived in Delaware 14 years ago after hearing of work in the poultry industry, where she met Heron.

The two dated and, within a matter of months, were living together. A year later, Ana was born. Her sister, Diana, arrived two years after that.

Nowhere is "marriage" or "got married" mentioned in that second quote.

I know, I know ... I'm just being so "cold-hearted" for making this post. I forgot how I'm supposed to get all weepy for someone who knowingly broke the rules -- law -- and now is reaping the consequences. It's fascinating that Esteban Parra could not discover someone in the area who was, say, an Army widow and mother, or a widow of a policeman with children. Y'know, how are they doing, dealing with someone apart from them who did the "little thing" of, y'know, dedicating their very lives to protecting others from harm?

Posted by Hube at May 11, 2009 03:49 PM | TrackBack

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"Said Rick Hogan, an attorney who makes a boatload of money on illegal immigration cases." {I Fixed the WNJ story}

Posted by: AJ Lynch at May 11, 2009 08:46 PM