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Old 07-04-2009, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Deportation deferred for student, 23, who didn't know he was undocumented - On Deadline - USATODAY.com
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The Department of Homeland Security has deferred Monday's planned deportation of a 23-year-old Florida honors student who didn't realize until he applied for university that he has been undocumented since he was 3 years old.

Walter Lara, who considers himself the "all-American guy next door," came to the United States with his parents 20 years ago. He was supposed to be deported to Argentina, a country he says he knows little about.

 
Old 07-04-2009, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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In one word: tough!

If I were Lara; I would be angry as hell at his parents for deceiving him.
 
Old 07-04-2009, 08:32 AM
 
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And is he now claiming that his country of Argentina is nothing but a horrendous hell hole where everyone starves to death or is he somewhat interested in learning something now about his homeland?
 
Old 07-04-2009, 12:43 PM
 
Location: The Wine Country, CA
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In one word: tough!

If I were Lara; I would be angry as hell at his parents for deceiving him.

I Agree..
 
Old 07-04-2009, 12:55 PM
 
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In one word: tough!

If I were Lara; I would be angry as hell at his parents for deceiving him.
Yes, but when does compassion come into play for you guys? He was 3 years old and he had no control over the situation. He sounds like an unfortunate victim in all this. Sometimes things are not so black and white, that's why when they sentence criminals they take into account mitigating factors. People on this board generalize too much. How many posts are there comparing illegal aliens to any other felon? So if things are so black and white: if a husband killed a man for raping and killing his wife and was found guilty of murder would you say "tough, throw him on the gurney a murderer is a murderer." That is why mitagating factors are allowed in testimonies in court cases. Or is it ok in that instance but not for the 3 year old?
 
Old 07-04-2009, 12:57 PM
 
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He best get acquainted with Argentine soon, cause he'll be going back when the American people reject the amnesty bills like we did last time around.
 
Old 07-04-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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Yes, but when does compassion come into play for you guys? He was 3 years old and he had no control over the situation. He sounds like an unfortunate victim in all this. Sometimes things are not so black and white, that's why when they sentence criminals they take into account mitigating factors. People on this board generalize too much. How many posts are there comparing illegal aliens to any other felon? So if things are so black and white: if a husband killed a man for raping and killing his wife and was found guilty of murder would you say "tough, throw him on the gurney a murderer is a murderer." That is why mitagating factors are allowed in testimonies in court cases. Or is it ok in that instance but not for the 3 year old?
My compassion died concerning illegal aliens.

If we were dealing with maybe 100K of them that would be one thing----------7-12 million of those criminals here is not acceptable.

Again: it is Lara's damn parents who (knowingly) dropped the ball. We owe illegals nothing except deportation.
 
Old 07-04-2009, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Yes, but when does compassion come into play for you guys? He was 3 years old and he had no control over the situation. He sounds like an unfortunate victim in all this. Sometimes things are not so black and white, that's why when they sentence criminals they take into account mitigating factors. People on this board generalize too much. How many posts are there comparing illegal aliens to any other felon? So if things are so black and white: if a husband killed a man for raping and killing his wife and was found guilty of murder would you say "tough, throw him on the gurney a murderer is a murderer." That is why mitagating factors are allowed in testimonies in court cases. Or is it ok in that instance but not for the 3 year old?
He would deserve to be punished just as any other murderer. If he wanted the man who raped and killed his wife punished, he should have allowed the police and courts to handle it. (I admit it's easy for me to say this having never been in this position. Regardless, I do not think that letting a murderer, even in that case, off the hook is appropriate. Period.)

On the issue of criminal aliens, it's all black and white IMO as far as the way the LAW should deal with it. Do I feel bad for him? You bet. Does he need to be out of the country? YES.

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Old 07-04-2009, 04:51 PM
 
Location: CITY OF ANGELS AND CONSTANT DANGER
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good luck with these people.

im of the opinion that these kids should not suffer the consequences of their parents misdeeds. i would have no problem with these students being granted citizenship on the condition they not sponsor the people that caused this problem [their parents].

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Yes, but when does compassion come into play for you guys? He was 3 years old and he had no control over the situation. He sounds like an unfortunate victim in all this. Sometimes things are not so black and white, that's why when they sentence criminals they take into account mitigating factors. People on this board generalize too much. How many posts are there comparing illegal aliens to any other felon? So if things are so black and white: if a husband killed a man for raping and killing his wife and was found guilty of murder would you say "tough, throw him on the gurney a murderer is a murderer." That is why mitagating factors are allowed in testimonies in court cases. Or is it ok in that instance but not for the 3 year old?
 
Old 07-04-2009, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Travelling
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I love how incredibly clueless people on this board are about how the government is supposed to work. If the law was meant to be heartless and incompassionate, then we wouldn't have courts to oversee its application.

By the logic of many people here, if you drive over the speed limit you are a filthy criminal just like these illegal aliens and shouldn't have a drivers license. Only it's convenient to overlook those laws, isn't it?

This guy grew up in the United States. He's just as much an American as any of you, unless you think that the only thing important about a person is what the USCIS has on file.
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