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A chance to speak out against immigration law madness

If ever a case pointed out the utter absurdity of our broken immigration laws, it’s this one from the Charlotte Observer/News & Observer about a young Charlotte college student facing deportation to Mexico named Erick Velazquillo.

Erick is 22 and has lived in the U.S. since he was two. He has never visited Mexico in that entire time. He is, by any rational assessment, as “American” as they come.

Now, after being stopped (and jailed for three days) by local law enforcement officials on the positively ridiculous charge of failing to dim his headlights (i.e. “driving while brown”) he faces deportation from the only country he has ever known to a country he knows not at all. His hearing before a judge is set for July 19.

This is complete madness.

Much to his credit (and in a manner that’s consistent for someone who hails from the “home of the brave”) Velazquillo is going public in an effort to avoid being kicked out of his home and deported to a foreign land. According to the Charlotte O/N&O article, Velazquillo is working with friends at the NC Dream Team to publicize his plight in hopes that immigration officials will use their discretion not to deport him.

They are urging supporters to contact Senator Hagan (202) 224-6342, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (202) 282-8495 and Immigration Control and Enforcement chief John Morton at (202)732-3000) and to sign an online petition. You can learn more about all of these options by clicking here.

5 Comments


  1. Delaware Bob

    July 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    No matter how American you think he is, the fact is he is still an illegal alien and has NO RIGHT to be in this Country. If he is such a bright person, he wil do fantastic in his home country of Mexico. I say deport him. END OF STORY!

  2. Horace

    July 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    His family gamboled that another amnesty would be coming and lost. There are millions of people like this who would commit the same bad act has his parents and they must be discouraged. Sorry, but the only way we’re going to show any resolve to stopping illegal immigration is by enforcing our laws. It’s as simple as that.

  3. Horace

    July 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    This article shows the American people why progressives cannot be trusted with power in this country. They simply do not have the guts to ensure that our federal and state laws are enforced without falling apart when hard decisions have to be made.

  4. John Randolph

    July 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

    It is by design that people are pulled and pushed here. It is by design that enforcement will never solve the problem. Enforcement keeps giving the illusion of hope, and it is only for your vote. It is a two sided hope that works on both sides of the isle. Hope that they will all be deported and stopped on one side, and hope that they will be legalized on the other. Choose your position but beware, it will never come true.

    Why are you not questioning Washington’s motives for coddling Mexican President Calderon? Do you know what motives are behind NAFTA and the war on drugs? Do you have any clue as to what these two programs have done to Mexico? Hint: close to 40,000 murdered since 2006. Do you know how important Mexican trade, oil, and labor are to the elite in this country?

    Congratulations all of you uneducated voters who are led by politicians who have an agenda based in greed. You really hit the nail on the head!

    Check out what Professor James Petras writes: http://petras.lahaine.org/?p=1855

    I support mass asylum for Mexico due to our failed drug war and immigration policies. These problems need to be worked from the bottom up, because they will never be solved by our politicians, ever.

    http://twopesos-protestfortheundocumented.blogspot.com/2011/04/imagine-two-countries-saying-estamos.html

  5. […] held for young man facing deportation Post on July 15, 2011 by Rob Schofield No Comments As reported here twoweeks ago, Erick Velazquillo, a young college student who has spent virtually his entire life in North […]

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