This Arizona case may mark the beginning of a new kind of illegal immigrant sob story
— "Enforcement drove me to crime!" Any problem is always America`s fault for occasionally following the law.
The accused robber, Ruben Aragon Parra
, must not have any known children or he would be waving them around trying to evoke sympathy. He certainly didn`t get an appealing mug shot.
Two illegal immigrants have been indicted on charges of armed robbery, theft and aggravated assault in Maricopa County.One of them blames his crime on Arizonaâ€™s new employer sanctions law.Ruben Aragon Parra and Salvador Antonio Monreal-Camargo are accused of stealing a truck on Sept. 13 and later robbing a man in a park. The second victim chased the suspects in his own car and pounded on the windshield of the stolen truck with a shovel before they were arrested.Parra told police he needed money after being laid off as a result of Arizonaâ€™s new employer sanctions law.
[Illegal immigrant blames his robbery on new employer sanctions law, ABC Channel 15, Phoenix 10/5/07]
The Arizona law requiring employers to verify a worker`s eligibility with a federal database does not take effect until January 1, 2008.