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Incident underscores U.S. immigration flaws

Dear Editor:
I went to the office of an immigration lawyer to help an illegal alien from Mexico. Juan was arrested for a traffic violation and resisting arrest. He is now in jail with other illegals awaiting trial. He called his immigration lawyer, who was unable to see or talk to Juan in jail without being required to see his case to completion, regardless of getting paid. So Juan made an appointment for me to talk to the lawyer about options.

The lawyer asked for $15,000 to represent Juan in court and to ask the judge for a bond (another $5,000) claiming hardship to Juan's children if he is deported. The illegal has to have lived in the US for 10 years, paid income taxes, lived with and supported his children, and never been arrested or deported. Less than 25% of illegals win a bond but the court is so backed up that it gives illegals 3 more years in the US before their trial date. The bond has nothing to do with getting a green card or becoming a citizen, and both cost more money.

Juan is married to an American and has 3 American children. He started the process to become legal but decided he didn't want to spend the money. His wife and children are on welfare. He lives alone. He does not pay taxes or have a valid driver's license. Juan asked for a bond 18 months ago after another traffic violation. He volunteered to be deported to avoid jail time and told me he needed $750 to pay for the bus to Mexico.

I feel sorry for Juan, but not every illegal alien acts like a good American citizen and not every illegal alien belongs in the US.

Eleanor Krimmel

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