Illegal Immigrant Facing Deportation Wants to Yell at Trump: "I am not a criminal"

Illegal Immigrant Facing Deportation Wants to Yell at Trump: "I am not a criminal"

Lourdes Salazar Bautista is a mother of three and, in her words, "not a criminal," "a good person" and "a working person."

Unfortunately, Baustista is only correct on one out of three points.

Although Bautista may indeed be a good person, her status as an illegal immigrant (and therefore a criminal in every legal sense of the word) makes it impossible for her to legally work anywhere in the U.S. She first entered the country in illegally 1997 and has been defying removal orders from ICE since 1998.

From ThinkProgress:

On Tuesday, Lourdes Salazar Bautista, a Mexican immigrant mom with three U.S. citizen children, will board a plane from Michigan and be deported to a country she hasn’t seen in 20 years.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office has ordered the deportation of Salazar Bautista this week, and immigrant advocates have confirmed that she has a plane ticket to Mexico set for Tuesday.

Salazar Bautista came to the United States in 1997, but an immigration judge ordered her deported in absentia the following year. She said she never received the notice for her court date and its subsequent decision. When ICE detained her in 2010, she was released on the condition that her undocumented husband be deported to Mexico instead. He is now living in Mexico.

For the past seven years, Salazar Bautista has gone to her local ICE office to receive a stay of removal as part of her check-in process to temporarily defer her deportation. At her latest check-in in March under the Trump administration, she was told she would be removed in early August.
— Esther Lee, reporting for ThinkProgress

Undocumented residents like Bautista are championed by the left as innocent people that have earned, nay, deserve the right to enter and live in America. They refer to them as simply "immigrants" in their coverage to make it seem like they are being improperly removed for no reason, conveniently ignoring the fact that their very presence is against the law.

Illegal immigration costs Americans $113 billion a year. It is sheer arrogance when illegal aliens like Bautista speak as if they are entitled to all the benefits of American citizenship when she herself couldn't be bothered to respect our laws and enter legally. Citizenship is a privilege, not a right. Bautista shows clear disrespect for our justice system by missing her court date in 1998 and ignoring additional orders from ICE to comply.

The ThinkProgress piece has more:

As a contributing member in her community and a U.S. taxpayer, Salazar Bautista says that her children would suffer the most if she’s deported. Her two younger children, who are unfamiliar with Mexico, would permanently leave with her. They have been fiercely resistant to the move. And while her oldest daughter will come with them for a week, she would return to continue her studies at Michigan State University.

“I want to yell it to the world — to Trump — that I am not a criminal, that I’m a good person, that I’m a working person,” Salazar Bautista said, holding back tears on the phone call. “I work for my children so that they can be good people for their community, for the country, for the world. I want to yell at Trump that I am not a criminal and that I should be with my children and not be deported.”

Bautista has merely been delaying the inevitable for over 20 years. You don't get to disobey lawful orders from government officials just because it's inconvenient to you.

Everything Bautista is about to lose— friends, family, children— she will lose because of decisions she made. She chose to enter illegally, she chose to ignore ICE and now she needs to accept personal responsibility for her choices.

The leftist media demonizes President Trump's immigration policy for doing what it's supposed to do— remove those that are here illegally and encourage legal entry into our great nation. They forget one simple fact— if you enter illegally, everything you do afterward, good or bad, is also illegal.

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