Poll: Should A Police Officer, Who Is Married To An Illegal Alien, Lose His Job?
Posted by Casey on August 22, 2007
Take the poll at the bottom of this post.
That’s the choice we in Vegas are asking Sheriff Gilespie to make. Last Sunday we learned that one of our police officers was married to an illegal alien. While our local paper themselves is down the middle on the issue … there are several reporters that are pro-illegal, and they write plenty of articles on the subject.
Many of those reporters, like Lynnette Curtis, are always looking for the sympathy angle in the immigration debate. You know what I’m talking about … the whole love angle, and don’t split up families, etc.
That appears to be the angle Ms. Curtis took with this article. A police officer puts his name, and his picture, in the local newspaper to expose that he himself is breaking the law that he is sworn to uphold.
He’s a cop.
She’s an illegal immigrant.
They’re in love.
It’s not the plot of a made-for-TV movie. It’s real life for Cesar Urena, a local police officer, and his wife, Yuvia, who is living in the United States illegally.
The situation has brought to their young marriage a serious undercurrent of fear and uncertainty.
“I’m scared they’re going to come here one day and just take me away,” Yuvia, 28, said on Thursday while holding the couple’s 1-year-old son, Sebastian.
I’d like to point out that they are fully aware that they are both breaking the law. Otherwise they would not be so afraid of ICE coming to take her away.
Cesar Urena, a 27-year-old U.S. citizen and former Marine who served a tour of duty in Iraq, says he understands why some might find the couple’s relationship especially interesting considering his law enforcement work.
“It’s tough for me, because I’m in the middle,” he said. “I see both sides.”
But Cesar wasn’t worried about Yuvia’s legal status when they met in 2001. Yuvia, a Mexican national, was working at a souvenir kiosk in a local casino at the time. Cesar was visiting Las Vegas from California with some Marine buddies.
The two hit if off and began a long-distance relationship. They fell in love, and Cesar eventually moved to Las Vegas to be with Yuvia full-time.
They married about three years ago, and have a second baby on the way.
Ok, so he lived in California, and she lived hear in Vegas. He visited and hit it off with her, but the relationship didn’t develop into the typical one night stand. Instead it became a long distance relationship, and eventually he moved to Vegas to be with her.
He would then become an officer with Metro while having this relationship with an illegal alien. They then got married, had one kid, and have another on the way.
The whole “he was a soldier in Iraq” bit was a cute attempt to arouse sympathy for him breaking the law.
Before we continue I’d like to point something out about Metro’s (LVPD) standards for acceptance on the force.
We all know you can’t be a cop if you are a felon. Metro, however, takes it one step further. If you commit a misdemeanor crime in another state, and are never convicted of a felony, but that minor crime would have been a felony in Nevada … you can’t join the force. Even though you have no felony conviction on your record … if it would have been a felony here … you can’t become a cop.
So how did a force with such strict standards miss something like this with the extensive background, and interview, checks they do?
The couple recently decided it was time to get Yuvia’s legal status in order. They contacted a local immigration attorney to explore their options.
What they found out was that those options are extremely limited, and could involve them being separated for up to a decade.
Current U.S. immigration law requires that a person make a lawful entry into the United States in order to adjust to legal permanent resident status.
If a person entered the country illegally, that individual would have to leave the country and then come back.
Well, it’s nice of them to finally decide to do the right thing.
Current US immigration law states that if you have been in the US illegally for less than 1 year, you face a potential 3 years before you can return. If you’ve been illegally in the country for over 1 year, you face a potential 10 years before you can return legally. The interesting aspect of this is that if you never enter the US illegally, but are waiting to enter our country the legal, proper way … you face a 12-15 wait is most cases. Now tell me that illegals aren’t cutting in line.
This is where it starts getting really amusing.
But if Yuvia leaves the country, she can be barred from returning for up to 10 years because she lived in the United States illegally, even though she’s married to a U.S. citizen.
It’s a dilemma many families of mixed immigration status across the United States face: Remain here illegally, or potentially be separated from loved ones for up to a decade in order to get legal status.
For now, the couple has chosen the former. Yuvia has no plans to return to Mexico.
“I might not be able to come back,” she said. “I’m not going to be separated from my family for 10 years.”
This is the great lie about the immigration debate from the sympathy seekers. THE US CAN NOT SEPARATE FAMILIES FROM ONE ANOTHER BY DEPORTING AN ILLEGAL ALIEN! It can’t be done, and is impossible … period, end of story! The only people that can break up a family and be separated from loved ones are the families themselves.
There is no law, statute, or any other entity that requires the US citizens to stay in the US while the illegal is sent home. If an illegal is deported you can pack up, and move out of the US to keep your family together until you can legally resolve the case.
If a family chooses to split themselves up … that is their choice, and their choice alone. It is not the fault of the government, and there is no one to blame but themselves. They knew the risks in marrying and having children with an illegal, and they chose to accept that risk. They must be willing to accept the responsibility, and consequences of their decision.
So this family doesn’t want to be split up, but they don’t have any plans to return to Mexico … why?
The couple could move together to Mexico until Yuvia gets legal permission to come back to the United States, but it’s not an option Cesar is considering.
“I have to stay here,” he said. “My job is here. I would be lost in Mexico.”
AWWWWWWWWWW! He would be lost … poor baby. His job may not be here much longer either. That should make his decision a little easier.
He should have thought about all of this before he started breaking the law. Folks, this IS A COP TALKING! He is duty bound to uphold the law yet he breaks it everyday.
This police officer knew the risks of entering into a marriage with an illegal alien, and now he is unwilling to make the situation right because it’s too difficult. It’s always difficult to do the right thing. If he won’t do the right thing now, and uphold the oath he swore to uphold … how can we trust him as a law enforcement officer?
It doesn’t matter what your view on immigration is in this case. Bottom line is that it IS illegal to harbor an illegal alien (which is a fugitive on the run), and many Americans have paid a price for this action in criminal court. You can not have a police officer who perpetually breaks the law to remain on the force.
Sheriff Gilespie has been asked about the situation by AM 840 KXNT. He said he’d look into the matter.
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