"Vickie" says she’s tired of living in fear: the fear of immigration officials, Utah politicians targeting people like her and the bad economy here.As a reminder, I favor legal immigration--I'd even support expanding current levels. The problem -- and what I oppose -- is illegal immigration. And lax enforcement--because enforcement works.
So after 18 years in Utah, working without documents, she says her family will probably return to Mexico. . .
Vickie and [her daughter] Lizzie (whom The Salt Lake Tribune agreed not to identify by their real names because they feared repercussions) are examples -- and explanations -- of a recent trend shown by some studies: More undocumented immigrants may now be going home than are coming to Utah. . .
Vickie talks about why her family may join the flow south. Immigration officials started deportation proceedings against her after they found she used a false Social Security number. She was held in jail for 17 days. Her husband was still in detention when she was interviewed. She lost a job because her boss worried her return would bring attention from authorities "and nobody there has papers." In a tough economy, it’s hard for her to find other work--and as a noncitizen she does not qualify for welfare or unemployment benefits.
(via The Corner)