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Monday, April 10, 2017

When reporters slip on ICE

Kalee Thompson had a happy story about an illegal alien -- excuse me, "undocumented immigrant and mother of four" -- who avoided deportation thanks to the good heart of Barack Obama. Elle magazine published it on January 21, 2015.

Derick Waller had a sad story about an illegal alien -- excuse me, "undocumented Lorain mom" -- who faces deportation due to the black heart of President Trump. WEWS-TV in Cleveland broadcast it on April 4.

Michael Sangiacomo followed up on Waller's story. The Plain Dealer published it on Friday.

Thompson's story was about Anabel Barron of Lorain, Ohio:
Anabel Barron was running late. It was the morning of Friday, May 17, 2013, and the 32-year-old mom of four had dropped her kids off at school before heading to work. She saw the waiting police car just as she crossed the town line from her lakeside community of Lorain, Ohio, into a neighboring suburb. The speed limit decreased from 35 to 25, but Anabel had not slowed down. Her heart rose into her throat as she saw the lights begin to flash. She gripped the wheel and pulled over to the shoulder.
Though Anabel had lived in Lorain for more than 15 years — and in the U.S. even longer — she didn't have a valid driver's license. The 10-year-old Ford Escape she was driving was registered in a friend's name. She was an undocumented immigrant, and she was petrified of what would happen next. She knew people — local parents with young children, individuals who had been in the states for decades — who had been deported. Some of them had nothing on their records except for one minor traffic violation.
Waller's story was about Anabel Sanchez of Lorain, Ohio:
Sanchez and her family lived under the radar for years, she said, but in 2013 a traffic stop in Sheffield Village changed her life.
“I know I was breaking the law by driving without a drivers license, but I needed to go to work. I needed to take my kids to school. I needed to go to grocery store,” Sanchez said.
Sangiacomo's story was about the same Anabel Sanchez of Lorain, Ohio:
Matt Hildreth, with the immigration advocacy group, America's Voice in Columbus, said he has seen the same increases in the use of ankle trackers and deportation this year.
"People are noticed by immigration officials for a lot of reasons, often it's as simple as driving without a license," he said. "These are people who have jobs and families, pay taxes and in past years were not considered priorities. Under Obama, it was understood that immigration should target criminals like drug dealers first and eventually worry about people who drove without a license."
Hmm. What a coincidence. Two illegal alien moms from Mexico, each with four kids, living in Lorain, Ohio, worry about deportation after a traffic stop in the same month in Sheffield Village.

Sheffield's population is 3,982. It is 6% Hispanic in a county that is 8% Hispanic in a state that is 3% Hispanic.

The truth is, they are the same person.

Anabel Barron Sanchez works as a caseworker at El Centro DE Servicios Sociales INC in Lorain, Ohio.

Until she was 16, she migrated back and forth between San Antonio and Mexico. Then she moved to Ohio.

She knows the system. She knows the media. That is how she got a national magazine to cover her story -- as Anabel Barron.

And when she became the news again, she became Anabel Sanchez.

From the original Elle magazine story about her:
Within a couple weeks of her traffic stop, Jennifer Peyton had won Anabel a "stay of removal" a legal status that delays — but often does not stop — a pending deportation order. An entourage of 17 local friends, advocates, and supporters from Anabel's church showed up for the meeting. "If I walk in with someone with a final order [of removal] who literally can be picked up and pulled away, I want my backup," says Peyton, who calls the chance of getting a stay in a case like Anabel's "a crap shoot." Once the stay was approved, Anabel was able to file for employment authorization and a temporary Social Security number, which would also allow her to get a U.S. driver's license for the first time in her life.
Which led to this:
Soon after she got her temporary Social Security number, Anabel interviewed for a receptionist job at a local social services non-profit, the type of position that she had always thought of as a "dream job." She was shocked to be offered a higher-level caseworker position instead. The job came with her own desk and business cards. She'd need a new work wardrobe. Her bilingual skills and friendly demeanor were valuable to the organization, which works with the local Puerto Rican community as well as other Spanish speakers.
Anabel Barron Sanchez said she was paying taxes, but was she? Given that she likely was paid low wages and has four children (at least two of whom are minors) she would be eligible for tax credits that may offset what she paid in payroll deductions through the year.

Her employer's web site offers advice on obtaining benefits such as the Child Tax Credit, as well as the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is designed to offset Social Security payments for the poor.

And I wonder about that photo of her doing housecleaning when her real job was as a caseworker.

Her battle with ICE did not begin in 2013. She was taught at a very young age how to dodge ICE.

From the Elle story in 2015:
Anabel Barron was born in Mexico, but grew up the sixth of eight kids in San Antonio, Texas. Her dad worked as a landscaper, scraping together under-the-table pay. Sometimes Anabel and her sisters would go with him on his jobs. They might be paid $20 to clean the house while their dad earned $40 for half a day's yard work. All of her siblings were born in Mexico, but in the '70s and '80s the U.S./Mexico border was far more porous than it is today. 
Every time Anabel's mother was approaching a due date, she would return to Mexico to give birth. "I remember asking her once, 'Why are you doing this, mom?'" Anabel recalls. "She said, 'because if I go to the hospital they will take you away.' She didn't know how to read, she never went to school, she had some misunderstanding." The older kids would return to Mexico too, then cross back to Texas again with their mom, the newest baby carried snugly on her back. To Anabel, the desert treks seemed like an adventure. 
"We used to walk and walk and walk and when the helicopters were [above] my mom would say 'hide,'" Anabel says. "It was like a game for us. We didn't understand."
I do not understand why her mother insisted on having her children be born in Mexico when she wanted them to be raised as Americans. There is more to this story than has been published in any of the accounts.

The Elle story also had this:
Even as Anabel's professional life had begun to thrive, her personal life was in chaos. She worried constantly about her family's future. She had trouble sleeping and cried easily. She dwelled on the worst case scenario: If she was deported, she'd take her youngest two back to Mexico with her, she decided, and leave her older daughters to finish school in the U.S.
But yet another troubling moment in her life — a violent altercation with the father of her youngest three children — came equipped with a silver lining. Following the incident, she became a state witness in the case against her ex. The status means she is potentially eligible for a U Visa, which grants resident status to crime victims who cooperate with a state prosecution. After three years, immigrants with U Visa status can apply for a green card, and get on a path to citizenship.
Since when is domestic violence "a silver lining"?

Excuse me, "a violent altercation." When dealing with manipulators, it is best to be precise with the language.

After reading these stories and more, I have decided I know more about Anabel Barron Sanchez than I care to.

I just wish Derick Waller and Michael Sangiacomo had spent a little more time on task. They would have served their viewers (Waller) and readers (Sangiacomo) better.

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  1. The bit about taxes is the important point.

    The illegals get all (or most) of the goodies and never pay for.

    That honor goes to us.

    1. Anabel Barron story is touching
      Next time I want tax dollars to go to people
      with their right foot A L R E A D Y here
      CLOSE THE BORDER 4 10 yrs

    2. Just White privilege I guess.

  2. Our Media at work! Skimming over the bad stuff, concentrating on the good stuff, telling only what they want us to know to protect the not-so-innocent-as-they-are-presented.

  3. Just ran across this about a town south of Portland OR:

  4. Oh, the border used to be porous so we just ignored the rules.
    Oh, ignoring immigrations laws is no big deal.
    Oh, ignoring driving laws is no big deal.
    I always worried about our status but never did anything like my mother did nothing to obtain legal status.
    So many lies.
    Hispanic lies matter

  5. She's such a hard worker, Mexico would clearly be fortunate to have her return to her country. They should welcome her back with open arms.

  6. The illegal who tried to buy my mother's house in CA after she died was only "discovered" when he mistakenly used 2 SS numbers in filling out his fully approved no collateral 400 G liar's loan. No ICEy thing happened to him either. But he did learn a good lesson in economics so everything turned out ok.

  7. I still remember the evening in Gaithersburg I was in line at checkout, behind a young Hispanic woman dressed to nines, looking like she was going out clubbing, who whipped out her EBT for about 100 dollars of groceries. All it takes in one incident to convince you that we are being played for suckers.

  8. Serving readers and viewers is not the point.

  9. Notice how the photo of her working is black-and-white, and the photo of her goofing off is in color.