Ooooh, I bet a lot of people are just going to hate this.
22-year-old Daniela Vargas decided to participate in a pro-illegal immigrant news conference this week in Jackson, Mississippi. Two weeks before , ICE officials had handcuff her father and brother in the family’s driveway, for they, like her, were Argentines living in the U.S. illegally. Vargas was only 7 years old when she accompanied her father, mother and brother on a three-month visitor’s visa in 2001. The visa ran out, but they stayed in the Palmetto State.
Daniela had been protected as a “Dreamer” (another progressive euphemism designed to not only obscure truth but to make something that is nothing to be proud of sound benign, even cute) when she was 17 in December 2012 and again in November of 2014. She allowed that protection to lapse, and was officially violating the law for the last three months.
Nonetheless she put herself in front of a microphone and TV cameras this week to proclaim her defiance of the law. “Today my father and brother await deportation,while I continue to fight this battle as a dreamer to help contribute to this country which I feel that is very much my country,” she said.
Then, as Vargas drove home, ICE agents pulled her over, handcuffed her and took her to join her family as a first step to deportation.
Are you outraged? Really? This is a key breach of the common sense, “Don’t rub your law-breaking in the authorities’ faces rule.” I remember my Dad one time, driving me to the airport when I was late for a flight, passing a state trooper who was going over the speed limit himself. The trooper pulled us over, and was spitting mad. “You had the gall to flaunt speeding right in my face!” he said, barely under control. “That’s an insult to me, and the law. Just cruise by me going ten miles an hour faster as if I was nothing? No respect at all!” he said. My dad could only say “I’m very sorry, officer. I didn’t intend to be disrespectful, but you are right. It was.” (He got a ticket.)
Vargas was so certain that she was immune from the laws of ” this country which she feels that is very much my country” that she flaunted her illegal status, after shrugging off her obligation to take the required steps to stay here. Like father, like daughter.
In a statement, an ICE spokesman confirmed that immigration officials took Vargas as “an unlawfully present Argentinian citizen,” into custody “during a targeted immigration enforcement action” after the agency verified that her DACA status had lapsed.
Now the hashtag #freedany is being spread on social media as an immigrant rights group, United We Dream, are encouraging young illegal immigrants to sign a petition to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly demanding Vargas’s release. Its introduction says,,
“ICE agents detained 22 year old Dany Vargas just hours after she courageously spoke about her fear of deportation at a press conference…Dany came to the U.S. when she was 7 years old and was a beneficiary of the DACA program. She is a manager at a small store and dreams of becoming a math teacher.
Like many beneficiaries of the DACA program, paying the nearly $500 in fees every two years was hard and her DACA status expired. However, she saved up, got the money together and her renewal application is now in the approval process. But because of this technicality, ICE tracked her down, and put her into the deportation pipeline.”
“ICE agents detained 22 year old Dany Vargas just hours after she courageously spoke about her fear of deportation at a press conference…”
The proper word is not “courageously.” Stupidly, defiantly, foolishly, disrespectfully, arrogantly—ask that state trooper for the right words. Flaunting the law in the faces of law enforcement is many things, but it is not courageous.
“She is a manager at a small store and dreams of becoming a math teacher.”
I don’t care if she has dreams of curing cancer. She has no right to be here. She is breaking the law. The law ignored by someone “dreaming of becoming a math teacher” is just as violated as when that law is violated by someone dreaming of starting a strip club. The entire premise that illegal immigration is sanctified by the aspirations of the law-breakers is intellectually indefensible, and if applied to the law in general would justify every crime from theft to murder.
“Like many beneficiaries of the DACA program, paying the nearly $500 in fees every two years was hard and her DACA status expired.”
Awww. Avoiding law enforcement while breaking the law should be hard. Vargas has no right to be in the U.S. or to say here. She was lucky enough to be the beneficiary of a law that, foolishly, provides immigrant families with an incentive to breach U.S. immigration laws. All she had to do was keep current. She didn’t. Her status didn’t expire on its own; she allowed it to expire. If you are caught driving without a license because it “expired,” can you make this argument without having a judge laugh in your face? Living in a country involves certain duties and obligations.
“However, she saved up, got the money together and her renewal application is now in the approval process.” Let’s see: if you let your insurance lapse and then get injured after it has expired, whose fault is it? How about letting your insurance lapse and deciding to wrestle alligators for a lark—reasonable?
“But because of this technicality, ICE tracked her down, and put her into the deportation pipeline.” “Technicality.” I’m sure her whole family regards that expired visa a “technicality.” Not paying taxes:another technicality! Living under a nation of laws is just one big technicality, isn’t it? Her lawyer says that they are going to try to have Daniela released on her own recognizance as she fights deportation. A judge would be a fool to allow it (though I won’t bet that one won’t.) Why would anyone trust someone who regards legal obligations as “technicalities”?
Then the real BS starts with the short but annoying petition itself:
To: Secretary John Kelly
From: [Your Name]
DACA should have protected Dany from deportation – and no one should be punished for being a low income worker.
We are asking you, Secretary Kelly, to release Daniela immediately, grant her DACA renewal and declare to your agents in no uncertain terms that DACA will remain the strong protection from deportation.
Right: Dani is being punished for “being a low income worker.” They were rounding up all the law income workers that day, were they? She will be punished, if she is punished, for staying here illegally and failing to avail herself of a reprieve of dubious legislative wisdom in a timely and lawful fashion. Meanwhile, the theory here is that DACA should provide “strong protection from deportation’ whether an illegal immigrant has bothered to engage in that technicality of meeting its requirements or not. That’s about right: the same arrogance sense of entitlement Vargas displayed by speaking out in public.
A nation of laws has to act against people like Daniela Vargas, just like the state trooper had to give dad a ticket. If it allows the its laws to be shown open disrespect, then the nation cannot maintain the rule of law.