Brothers Living Illegally in in Maryland Deported: 'Reprive' Does NOT Mean 'Forgiven'

Brothers Living Illegally in in Maryland Deported: 'Reprive' Does NOT Mean 'Forgiven'

The foundation of civilized society is personal responsibility. That way, debt gets paid, property isn't damaged without repercussion and laws aren't broken with impunity. Without accountability, civilization crumbles.

The concept of personal responsibility in the United States is under attack. Americans are taught that in exchange for keeping leftists in power, they will be forgiven for any bad decisions they make (at the cost of other Americans). Students can rack up enormous debts and have it forgiven. Delinquents can commit criminal offenses and get off with a slap on the wrist (as well as adults in many cases). 

Earlier this week, two brothers living illegally in the U.S. were held responsible for their actions. Immigration officials with ICE deported them back to their native El Salvador despite protests held on their behalf.

From the Washington Post:

Lizandro Claros Saravia, 19, is a standout soccer player who had secured a scholarship to play college soccer in North Carolina. His brother, Diego, 22, took extra classes to graduate from Quince Orchard High School on time and “has a heart of gold,” a former teacher said.

They entered the country illegally in 2009, however, and although they initially won reprieves from deportation, their efforts to renew those stays were repeatedly denied.

The brothers have no criminal records and would not have been a priority for deportation by the Obama administration, said Matthew Bourke, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

President Trump’s administration, in contrast, has made clear that any undocumented immigrant is subject to being expelled from this country. And so, on the same day that the White House endorsed a proposal to curtail legal immigration to the United States, the brothers were put on a plane to San Salvador.
— Rachel Chason, reporting for the Washington Post

Although the article paints a picture of two wholesome brothers that were deported seemingly for no valid reason, the story becomes clear once emotion is set aside. Here is the complete timeline of the Saravia brothers' deportation:

  • 2009 - The Saravia brothers decide to enter the country illegally, thereby making them criminals.
  • 2012 - An immigration judge issues a final order of removal to the brothers. The brothers ignore it.
  • 2013 - The brothers are granted a reprieve. Further requests to delay the removal order are denied. The brothers continue to ignore the original order.
  • 2017 - The Saravia brothers are deported nearly eight years after they first arrived.

For nearly eight years, these two illegal immigrants deliberately and knowingly defied legal orders from the same American government they took advantage of for their own success.

The Saravia brothers went to American schools. They won American scholarships and enjoyed the same rights as any other American. They were able to do all this only by cheating the immigration system America set up to welcome law-abiding immigrants. How many American citizens lost opportunities for success because of their selfish actions? What gives these two the right to skip to the front of the line when thousands are waiting to join the U.S. legally?

Of course, none of this means anything to the Saravia's supporters. The sense of entitlement is appalling:

“They have separated my family,” Lizandro and Diego’s mother, Lucia Saravia, said at a news conference outside CASA’s headquarters Wednesday afternoon. “We were together, and we were very happy.”

Lucia, your family's happiness does not give you license to violate immigration laws. Your sons were given legal notice to leave five years ago. What about the happiness of the El Salvadorean families waiting to enter the country legally? Do they get to cheat the system too?

“The system is supposed to deport criminals — I am fine with that,” said Jonathan, 29, a carpenter. “But my brothers did nothing wrong. They’ve had their futures taken from them.”

Jonathan, the reason your brothers were deported and you were not is simple — they broke the law and you did not. They became criminals the moment they set foot into this country illegally. In case you're not aware, illegal things are wrong, so you can't say your brothers did nothing of the sort. Their 'futures' in America were illegitimate from the beginning. A pity party will not change that.

Legally, there is not anything else CASA can do to help the brothers, [Nick Katz, legal representative] said. Being deported means it’ll be much harder for the brothers to reenter the United States legally, and the process will probably take at least 10 years, Katz said.

Nick, there is nothing you can legally do for your clients because what they did was proven illegal in court. Your clients should treat the potential 10-year wait as a probation period for their decision to break the law. Should they decide to re-enter illegally, Kate's Law will apply to them the same as anyone else. 

Rules are rules because they are applied consistently. Once rules are applied arbitrarily, they become invalidated. Doing good things for yourself after doing something bad does not make the bad decision go away.

Consider the following scenario:

You live in a poor, violent neighborhood. One night, you decide to go to a nice neighborhood and break into someone's home. You take cash, jewelry and anything of value for yourself.

A warrant goes out for your arrest, which you ignore. During that time, you use your ill-gotten gains to better yourself, making friends along the way. Finally, the police catch you and you are detained.

Your family tells the officer you've done "nothing wrong." You've bettered yourself and made friends, everyone around you is happy, and so on. Your friends protest on your behalf and say if you were to go to jail your future would be "taken" from you.

What do you think would happen to you in this scenario? Would you not deserve to face justice for the home invasion? Should you not be held accountable for a bad decision you made because you didn't make any others after that one?

Welcome to modern America. Feel free to absolve yourself of all responsibility.

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