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All signs point to Mildred Gonzales being a U.S. citizen. Her mother is a U.S. citizen. Her child is a U.S. citizen. Her husband is a U.S. citizen--and a petty officer second class with the U.S. Navy, about to be deployed to Iraq for the third time. But according to Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Mildred is a communist terrorist with acid for blood, and needs to go.
"What you're talking about is amnesty for illegal immigrants who have a relative in the armed forces, and that's just outrageous," he said. "What we're talking about here is letting lawbreakers get away with their actions just because they have a relative in the military. ... There's no justification for that kind of policy."
The government may be on Krikorians side. According to CNN, in June, a judge granted her a one-year extension to stay in the U.S. If she doesn't gain citizenship before by June 8, 2008, she will have 60 days to leave the country or be deported.
Why isn't Mildred a citizen? She and her mother were granted political asylum because they were war refugees from Guatemala. Her mother applied for citizenship and included her daughter in the application. But Mildred got married before the application went through. Therefore, she was no longer eligible to have her citizenship applied for by her mother.
"I understand the laws have to be followed and guidelines and a system must be maintained, but on the other token, there are times when the situation is just out of their reach," Mildred's husband, Eduardo told CNN.
"I like being in uniform and serving my country, but if she goes back I'm going to have to give it all up and just get out and take care of my son and get a job," he said. "Defending the country that's trying to kick my family out is a thought that always runs through my mind."
Mildred, added, "We didn't come here to break the law. We just want to feel safe and have a home just like everybody else."
Over Krikorian's dead body. His organization has a lot in common with another organization that uses a three letter acronym: the KKK.
But don't take my word for it. This is what Krikorian has to say about immigrants:
"Immigrant communities act as the sea within which, as Mao might have said, terrorists can swim like fish."
"...the president's "willing worker/willing employer" immigration extravaganza is morally wrong - it would change the very nature of our society for the worse, creating whole occupations deemed to be unfit for respectable Americans, for which little brown people have to be imported from abroad."
Ah, those wacky Republicans. Supporting our troops... unless they're not white.