Three illegal aliens were not arrested today. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) failed in their duty to arrest these two illegal aliens. This is part of the Obama Regime's continuing amnesty for illegal aliens.
New York (CNN) -- Four-year-old Emily Ruiz flew first class from Guatemala to the United States Wednesday for a tearful reunion with her mom, dad and younger brother.Immigration officers treated her like royalty, said her lawyer, David Sperling. After her plane landed in Florida, one officer called her the "princess of Miami," he said.
A returning anchor baby is treated specially while her illegal alien parents wait outside the Federal Inspection Service area of the international arrivals terminal? Why weren't they arrested?
She was hugging her parents before too much longer."Mission accomplished," Sperling said on Twitter.The royal treatment and happy ending came nearly three weeks after the girl, a U.S. citizen, was unable to re-enter the United States because of a possible communication mix-up.Her supporters say that she was wrongly denied entry into the United States, while officials say that her parents were given a chance to keep her from returning to Guatemala.
Wrong. An out and out lie. CBP telephoned the father, and in Spanish, explained the opportunity he had to come get his daughter. But he refused. He did not want to be arrested.
She was basically deported to Guatemala -- not in the legal sense, but effectively this is what happened.-- David Sperling, family's attorney.
"Not in the legal sense." Which means she was not deported. When you have the facts, argue the facts, when you have the law, argue the law, when you have neither, lie. The lawyers creed.
It is "a day to reflect on how such a tragic injustice could have been committed and to commit to making sure it never happens again," Sperling said in a statement Wednesday. "Why did U.S. government officials decide to put the immigration status of the parents above the rights of the parents?"
No, the issue was custody, not immigration status or citizenship.
Emily, the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants living in New York without documentation, had spent five months recuperating from asthma while visiting her grandparents in Guatemala, Sperling said.
Illegal aliens! And did I call it. I said she was possibly there for medical or family reasons.
When her grandfather accompanied her on a flight back to the United States March 11, a customs officer at Dulles International Airport in suburban Virginia stopped him for an immigration violation dating back about 20 years, the lawyer said.He was denied entry into the United States. That placed Emily in the middle of an immigration quagmire. According to her family, immigration officials gave her parents two options: Emily could be sent to Guatemala with her grandfather, or she could be turned over to state custody.She returned to Central America."She was basically deported to Guatemala -- not in the legal sense, but effectively this is what happened," Sperling said earlier. "We're not here to criticize the government; really, we do not know who is responsible for this."The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency [sic. It is U.S. Customs and Border Protection. No "agency" at all.] has said that it offered to have the parents pick Emily up.The agency "strives to reunite U.S. citizen children with their parents. If the parents choose not to take custody of their children, (the agency) works with other agencies to ensure the children's safety and well being, up to and including releasing them into the custody of other relatives," spokesman Lloyd M. Sterling said."In this case, the parents were offered to pick up the child, but elected to have her returned to Guatemala with her grandfather."
Officials say they gave Emily's father the opportunity to pick her up. The father said the conversation took place in English, a language he does not understand well. He said he decided to send Emily back to Guatemala given what he understood were his options.
Wrong, CBP has thousands of Spanish speaking officers. But he has been here for years, I am sure he speaks some English anyway. And what other relatives? The only people involved were her parents and grandfather.
But on Wednesday, it was all about the happiness of being reunited.
"Emily is back with us now. We have no words to express the joy it brings us to see her and hold her," her father, Leonel Ruiz, said in a statement. "We are very happy because we were away from her for so long, without being able to see her or hold her."
Jeanne Butterfield, former executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said the customs officers had a number of choices once they decided to not allow Emily's grandfather into the country. The could have taken Emily to her connecting flight and put her in the care of the airline until she reached her parents in New York, or they could have allowed the parents or a third party to pick her up, she said. A third option would have been to contact Child Protective Services, which could have taken temporary custody of the little girl, she said.
"CBP had absolutely no basis to deny custody to parents based solely on their immigration status," she said.
Actually, CBP could not have allowed her to travel alone, as airlines only allow children to travel alone with documentation and arrangement from their parents. The airline would have refused to take the child. CBP had no legal authority to make any decisions for the child nor could it place the child in the custody of a third person, other than CPS, which it actually offered to the father. But, in any event, the grandfather had custody and made the decision. He decided to take the child home to Guatamala. The parents, again, refused to appear. CBP was perfectly correct.
However, they were wrong to not arrest the parents when they arrived this time at the Miami airport. As was ICE. They should be held accountable.
Contact the ICE Special Agent in Charge:
SAC Miami Homeland Security Investigations
11226 NW 20th ST
Miami, FL 33172
Main (305) 597-6000
Fax (305) 597-6227
Or the ICE Miami Field Office Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations:
18201 SW 12th St
Miami, FL 33194
Phone: (305) 207-2001
Or the Port Director for CBP in Miami:
6601 NW 25th Street
Miami, FL 33122
But no story about illegal aliens from south of the border is complete without inane commentary by the professional white Mexican, Ruben "The Sandwich" Navarrette. He is unable to deal with any facts, such as the fact that the child was in the custody of the grandfather and the grandfather decided to take the child back to her true home, Guatemala.
Charles Dickens had it right when he declared, "The law is (an) ass."
And what are professional apologists for illegal aliens? Navarrette certainly is an ass as well.
Consider as evidence the shameful decision by the Obama administration to "deport" Emily Ruiz despite the inconvenient fact that the 4-year-old from Brentwood, N.Y., is a U.S. citizen.A friend of mine, a professor specializing in immigration law, assures me that everything the government did in this case was legal. If so, then the law is an ass.Yes, I said: "deport." I will not be cajoled into referring to what happened to Emily as a "de facto deportation."
Baloney. The girl was on U.S. soil, and then she wasn't. And she was sent back to Guatemala, her parents' homeland, under the authority of the U.S. government - specifically, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. And she was, throughout her ordeal, in the custody of the U.S government. That's a deportation.
No, Navarrette's opinion is an ass. Again, for the factually impared from south of the Rio Grande, the child was in the custody of the grandfather and he decided to take the child back to Guatemala.
You can say the process was misapplied in this case because Emily is a U.S. citizen. But let's not allow the government or anyone else to lessen a grave injustice by calling it by anything but its proper name.
Nothing was mis-applied. The adult who had custody made a decision on the child's behalf. End of story. CBP cannot and does not make custody decisions for minors unless the minor is abandoned or is taken into protective custody.
Here are the facts: Emily traveled with her grandfather to Guatemala to visit relatives. Returning to New York, their flight is rerouted because of bad weather to Washington's Dulles International Airport. Once on the ground, at about 3 a.m., the grandfather's visa is questioned and, upon further review, an old felony pops up for illegal re-entry many years ago. So Grandpa is taken into custody and slated for deportation.Up to this point in the story, I have no objection. I fully support deporting illegal immigrants, and Grandpa fits the bill. What I have a problem with is doing the same to U.S. citizens.That distinction is supposed to mean something in this country. Americans have spent the last six years arguing over proposed reforms of the immigration system because both the right and the left agree that U.S. citizenship is a big deal. The right wants to deny it to illegal immigrants as badly as the left wants to grant it to them. Because both sides agree that the classification matters, it has weight.
Wrong, the citizenship of Emily is not the issue, custody is the issue and gramps had custody. Just how much of an ass can "The Sandwich" be? His lawyer friend is correct and Navarrette is an ass. Because the issue is custody, not citizenship. I guess Navarrette is too stupid to know that when dealing with a minor, custody matters.
And Senor Navarrette, what about the parents? Do you have any objection to them being arrested? The Sandwich does not say. I wonder why?
But it didn't mean squat for Emily, who, according to her family's lawyer, David Sperling, was detained alone for several hours at Dulles while authorities tried to figure out what to do.Meanwhile, when she and her grandfather didn't arrive in New York, her father, Leonel Ruiz, frantically called the airline and was told that U.S. immigration officials had detained the pair in Washington. Ruiz then called immigration officials. When asked about his own status and that of his wife, he acknowledged that they were both in the country illegally.The call is the key, because of what comes next. It's too bad there are conflicting accounts. CBP distributed a vague statement to the media, saying how "generally, CBP strives to reunite U.S. citizen children with their parents" without saying that this is what happened in this case. The father insists that he was never given the option of picking up his daughter - something he was preparing to do. His choice was between shipping off Emily to a child detention facility in Virginia or sending her to Guatemala with her grandfather. Fearing his daughter might be put up for adoption if he left her with authorities, he chose Guatemala.
Another lie from Navarrette, the parents were given the option to come pick the child up. They refused. Navarrette is lying to support his illegal alien compatriots. It is shocking that Navarrette will believe an illegal alien rather than a fellow U.S. citizens. It shows where The Sandwich's loyalties lie.
Emily was expected to return to her home in New York Tuesday night, thanks to Sperling, who flew to Guatemala to retrieve her.I know what you're thinking, because I thought it too initially. The girl's parents acted irresponsibly by coming into the country or overstaying a visa, living in the country illegally for many years, and sending their daughter out of the country in the care of a relative whose own legal status was sketchy.But Emily's parents are not on the public payroll. They don't act in our names. What should be of greater concern to Americans is how government agents behaved during all of this, and whether they could have tried harder to get what was no doubt a scared little girl home to her parents. Or whether they wanted to wash their hands of the whole ugly situation as fast as they could.Too bad for Customs and Border Protection, some stains don't come out in the wash.
The only stain is the lies that Navarrette will tell to slander those who protect our borders and enforce the laws that Congress has passed and the President has signed. If you don't like those laws, try and change them. But Navarrette, after years of lying on behalf of illegal aliens, has failed to get those laws changed. Democracy be a bitch, holmes.