In the Associated Press’ August 16 story titled “Immigrants Plead for End to Fingerprint Sharing,” the central figure is 38-year-old Blanca Perez. Said Perez, arrested in February for vending without a license, “Now I am facing deportation for the simple act of selling ice cream in the street." [Immigrants Plead for End to Fingerprint Sharing, by Amy Taxin, Associated Press, August 16, 2011]
Perez’s self-serving statement is totally incorrect. She’s “facing deportation” because she is in the United States illegally. The Associated Press story reported that Perez was one of “about 200 people” who gathered in downtown Los Angeles to protest the Secure Communities program which allows fingerprint sharing between local law enforcement and a Homeland Security database to discover which aliens have criminal backgrounds. Secure Communities is a completely reasonable effort to rid neighborhoods of criminal aliens who may pose a threat to innocent residents.
At the meeting organized by Hispanic advocacy groups that oppose the Obama administration’s recent statement that mandates states’ participation, Anna Pembedjian, public safety deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, emphasized Secure Communities’ merits. Said Pembedjian, "Contrary to what you have heard, Secure Communities does not seek out hardworking, law abiding immigrants for removal. Rather, it seeks out those who prey on them and others in our community."
Nevertheless, Perez went on to say that since Secure Communities went into effect, her life is a “nightmare”.
What Perez’s life as an illegal alien would be like if her immigration status were found out is something she should have considered before embarking on her trip to the United States.
Rarely does the mainstream media point out the first and most obvious consideration in illegal immigration. The choice aliens make to come to the United States illegally is voluntary and the consequences that, if caught, they could be put into deportation proceedings are well known to all beforehand.
Given that Perez, and millions of others like her, made a free choice to break United States law, it’s hard to be sympathetic to their current circumstances. Perez took a gamble she knew she could lose. She lost. Now Perez doesn’t want to take responsibility for her own actions. Instead, Perez prefers to blame Secure Communities, a program designed to protect Americans.
That’s real gall.