An immigration rights activist whose own undocumented status was exposed by a drunken-driving arrest has lost her six-month legal battle to remain in the country.
Wendy Uruchi Contreras, a Virginia organizer for the immigrant rights group CASA, is scheduled to be deported to Spain this week after last-ditch appeals were denied by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, according to her husband, Giovani Jimenez.
“We are devastated,” said Jimenez, who lives in Fredericksburg, Va., with their American-born children, Alex, 13, and Lucia, 7. “My children are crying, but we know there’s nothing more we can do.”
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Below is a comment stolen from James:
So if you're a pro-immigrant activist with the wind at your back, addressing those of us who believe in protecting our own country, laws, identity, and way of life:
-Call us evil;
-Call us racist;
-Call us xenophobic;
-Tell us we're anti-family;
-Tell us we owe you;
-Tell us that our prosperity has little to do with innovation and industry;
-Rather, tell us that our prosperity is due to theft;
-Tell us that, though our prosperity is tainted, you wish to enjoy it.
-Tell us, now that your numbers have exploded, that you wish to take the reins of our government.
If you're a pro-immigrant activist against whom the wind has turned, addressing those of us who believe in protecting our own country, laws, identity, and way of life:
-Beg for clemency;
-Show us pictures of your children.
10-20 years ago, we would've been sympathetic. If you want sympathy now,