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U.S. Immigration Deporting the wrong People.

By Mike Fak(18,246) Mike Fak

Posted Tuesday, March 04, 2008
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In a case that defies anyone’s common sense, a widow of an American killed in Iraq is facing deportation. The woman, a native of Kosovo, has been here since 2003 and has been fighting for her right to stay in America after her American husband was killed in Iraq in 2004.

Diana Engstrom met her American husband, Todd, while he was with the Army’s Special Forces in Kosovo in 2002. By law, she could not apply for citizenship until she had been in this country for two years. The law was enacted to prevent sham marriages and women marrying Americans merely to get into this country and then get divorced. This case is obviously different and begs for common sense to be applied.

Diana’s husband, after serving his military time, opted to become a private contractor and go to Iraq. The intention was he would make a serious amount of money that would help the newlyweds have a solid head start on their lives. Unfortunately Todd was killed in Iraq and also as unfortunate, Diana was marked for deportation.

We currently have between 12 and 20 million illegal aliens in our country. That span of an estimate should show one just how incredibly bad our borders are protected. Our estimates are plus or minus the entire population of Los Angeles.

Now what does a country that has such an incredible amount of illegal aliens that we don’t even know the exact number focus on? They focus on one Diana Engstrom. Diana speaks perfect English. She lives with in-laws who love her and in fact are doing all they can to protect her. She owns a car and has a valid driver’s license and carries insurance on her vehicle. She pays for health care and is a supervisor in a woman’s clothing store. Not exactly a blight on our economy is she.

But with all the illegals in this country who are taking away our resources and our tax dollars, the immigration department has decided to expend their limited resources and time to deport Diana back to Kosovo. Of course if she had been like millions of others who just came here and didn’t tell anyone she would be fine right now. Diana didn’t do that. She and her husband decided to do things right and so now one of the productive immigrants who tried to follow the rules might be sent away while millions of others who ignore our laws sign up for free educations and health care.

Diana had waited nine months for an interview to obtain her green card but because of the slow moving immigration department the interview didn’t take place before her husband was killed. If in fact she had been issued a green card, she would have automatically been approved for citizenship. So what we have is a bureaucracy that punishes the person for their being slow and inefficient and someone who embodies what we should hope for in an immigrant is told to pack up and go home.

Diana’s case hasn’t fallen on deaf ears. Both Illinois senators Barack Obama and Dick Durbin have introduced a law to allow Diana to continue to contribute to the American system but should it take a special law?

Why is it with a potential 20 million people not deciding our country has a right to say if they should be here or not stay under the radar while a productive immigrant is facing the full brunt of the immigration system? This question demands an answer. The problem is the answer so far is ridiculous.

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