What to do? Run away, in this case to afflict another state with their unlawful presence, job mooching and other lawbreaking (e.g. ID theft).
The Arizona Republic followed an illegal family along their road trip to â€¦ Pennsylvania. Perhaps nobody told them that state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe has followed in Arizonaâ€™s example and submitted legislation (House Bill 2479) to toughen up the Keystone Stateâ€™s unwelcome mat for foreign job thieves.
The Mexicansâ€™ journey north is filled with tearful goodbyes, automotive breakdown and recriminations against Arizona for protecting its citizens.
The family sounds terrified (GOOD!) of large-scale illegal immigration sweeps by police, which the new law does not require. (When the feds did actual sweeps in Temecula, Corona and thereabouts in southern California a few years ago, they were very popular among the citizen residents. Now mass roundups have largely disappeared due to the complaints from the open-borders gang about â€?profiling.â€?)
Often, accurate profiling of illegal aliens is not that hard, as indicated below:
But back to the tearful travelersâ€¦
Undocumented couple leave SB 1070 behind, Arizona Republic, June 27, 2010Below, an alien family heads for Pennsylvaniaâ€¦
A white Ford pickup with Arizona plates is driving north on U.S. 191 headed for the Utah border. Afraid of encountering police, the family inside is traveling at night. The pickupâ€™s headlights cut through a sea of darkness.
The family is in a hurry to get out of Arizona, to get away from the stateâ€™s harsh new immigration law.
The pickup crosses into Utah at 11:59 p.m. Luis Sanchez breathes a sigh of relief as his wife, Marlen Ramirez, keeps driving. Both are undocumented immigrants from Mexico.
â€?Look,â€? he says. â€?We are here. We have arrived in Utah.â€?
They have made it safely out of Arizona, past the Maricopa County sheriffâ€™s deputy they saw as they were leaving Surprise and past the highway patrol cars they saw along Interstate 17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff.
They still have a long way to their final destination: Pennsylvania. There will be engine troubles along the way. And more police. And frayed nerves.
But the hardest part of the nearly 2,700-mile journey will be the end. Their final destination is where starting their lives over begins.
Feeling like prisoners
Luis and Marlen, both 33, lived in Arizona for more than 15 years. They are from the same small town, Xaltianguis, in southern Mexico, but they met while living at the same West Valley apartment complex.
Luis was 17 when he crossed the border illegally near Douglas. Marlen was 16 when she jumped a fence near Nogales. Both came looking for work.
Their three children are U.S. citizens because they were born in Arizona. The oldest, Luis Jr., is a quiet 13-year-old. Vanessa, 10, wears glasses and loves to talk. The baby, Christian, is 2.
Lawyers have told Luis and Marlen that they do not qualify for legal residency.
Luis has washed dishes at a restaurant on Grand Avenue, at a retirement home in Peoria and at a restaurant in Sun City West. For the past four years, he worked as a landscaper for a company that maintains office buildings in the West Valley. He earned $9.80 an hour. Marlen is a stay-at-home mom.
Luis got his jobs using fake papers. He has managed to keep working despite the recession and Arizonaâ€™s employer-sanctions law, which have made it much harder for illegal immigrants to get jobs. [â€¦]