It was just one month ago, almost to the day, that Mack and I swaddled up a baby doll and took it to Kleinheider. Included was a noteexplaining that the mother was an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, who was returning to that country before she was deported, now that her beloved U.S. soldier husband had been killed in Iraq.
This morning, I read over on Punkass Blog that a woman from the Dominican Republic faces deportation even as she awaits the fate of her U.S. soldier husband missing in Iraq.
It’s not near close enough for Randi, but it’s close enough to ruin the humor of the original thing for me.
I’m an old-school, Midwestern, corrupt Democrat. If you’re in, you’re in. Your family needs a turkey at Thanksgiving, someone shows up on your doorstep with a turkey on Thanksgiving. And the dude who’s short some turkeys from his truck had better not complain or we’ll break his arm.
It’s not a fair system or even one that can sustain itself when governing a whole country. But there are times when it’s the easiest way to achieve something like justice.
This woman’s husband is giving his life for this country. The only reason she even came to the attention of Immigration was that he was trying to do the right thing and get her paperwork straightened out. We shouldn’t punish people for trying to do the right thing.
And if ever there were a time for benevolent corruption, now is it. We can’t “lose” her paperwork? We can’t “find” that her paperwork was actually mysteriously filed correctly back when it needed to be? Congress can meet special to legislate on Terri Shiavo, they can’t pass some quicky legislation that would give this woman and people like her a loophole?
I have a hard time accepting that.