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Old 02-20-2008, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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It was still dark outside when the Avakian clan pulled up to the immigration office in downtown Phoenix Tuesday morning.

The family was being deported after living here in the United States the past 15 years, "It's heartbreaking, everyone was crying," said Avelina Weishaous. The family entered the country without authorization back in 1993.




They immediately applied for political asylum but were denied. In the 15 years since they lost every appeal, filed motions with the Board of Immigration Appeals and asked the courts to intervene. Every time they were denied.

Family deported, 13-year-old left behind (broken link)
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Missouri of course
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It was still dark outside when the Avakian clan pulled up to the immigration office in downtown Phoenix Tuesday morning.

The family was being deported after living here in the United States the past 15 years, "It's heartbreaking, everyone was crying," said Avelina Weishaous. The family entered the country without authorization back in 1993.



They immediately applied for political asylum but were denied. In the 15 years since they lost every appeal, filed motions with the Board of Immigration Appeals and asked the courts to intervene. Every time they were denied.

Family deported, 13-year-old left behind (broken link)
Oh well! Such is life.
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:52 PM
 
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That is sad.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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It was still dark outside when the Avakian clan pulled up to the immigration office in downtown Phoenix Tuesday morning.

The family was being deported after living here in the United States the past 15 years, "It's heartbreaking, everyone was crying," said Avelina Weishaous. The family entered the country without authorization back in 1993.
Definitely SAD, Greatday . . . however, the law is the law.

With any luck at all, this scenario will be repeated many many times in the near future since entering this country ILLEGALLY is still ILLEGAL.

Interesting to note . . . the fact they abandoned their 13 year old daughter tends to speak volumes for their integrity.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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What does annoy me is why our government cannot pony up a one way airline ticket for the girl to leave with her family-------we are only talking about another $300-400 here.

Yet it is perfectly acceptable for our tax dollars to pay for the thousands of illegal women here to pop out Anchor Babies.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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Interesting to note . . . the fact they abandoned their 13 year old daughter tends to speak volumes for their integrity.
To be fair though - I don't think the word abandoned is necessarily fair -

They could not afford the plane ticket and ICE would not pay for it. There is a fund raising effort underway to get enough money to pay for the daughter to join the family
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:40 PM
 
Location: California
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Definitely SAD, Greatday . . . however, the law is the law.

With any luck at all, this scenario will be repeated many many times in the near future since entering this country ILLEGALLY is still ILLEGAL.

Interesting to note . . . the fact they abandoned their 13 year old daughter tends to speak volumes for their integrity.
Really, you have GOT to be kidding me. Not everyone can afford to purchase an airplane ticket to Mexico which are about $450-$600 depending on where you go.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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Really, you have GOT to be kidding me. Not everyone can afford to purchase an airplane ticket to Mexico which are about $450-$600 depending on where you go.
I really think you missed the other posters point PL -
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:47 PM
 
Location: California
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I really think you missed the other posters point PL -
I pretty much lost it after reading that comment
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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I pretty much lost it after reading that comment
Another poster made the comment - and one which I agreed with - why didn't the US Government pay for the fare? Regardless if the daughter is a lawful citizen, inasmuch as the rest of the family was being deported, the Feds should have, IMO, paid for her to go with her mother and father
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