Saturday, June 23, 2007

Cuban-American City Counilwoman Faces Deportation

Just another typical tragic story about the way non-citizens (even naturalized) get treated in California. Except this woman is a Cuban and a politician. Neither should prevent a deportation according to the current draconian US law, but I have a feeling she'll be allowed to stay.

Los Angeles Times
A former (LA area) City Council member who resigned after questions of her citizenship status were raised two years ago now faces deportation for voting in the 2004 presidential election.

Cuban-born Zoila Meyer surrendered to the San Bernardino County office of the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday and was arrested on charges of violating immigration laws.

The arrest stems from Meyer's voting in the presidential election and pleading guilty to an unlawful voter charge last year.

Meyer, a 40-year-old mother of four who has lived in the United States since she was 1, is a legal alien resident but not a U.S. citizen, according to the San Bernardino County district attorney's office.

Meyer could not be reached Friday but told the Associated Press that she always assumed she was a citizen, and was unaware of her immigration status when she voted and ran for office.

"It makes me feel like we're all just numbers," she said. "I see people writing, 'This is my country.' It really isn't. It belongs to the government, and they decide who stays and who goes…. You think you're free; you're really not. If they can do this to me, they can do it to anybody."
She is scheduled to appear before an immigration judge July 18. If Meyer is deported, a possible destination could be Canada — her last point of entry into the U.S. recorded on her immigration card.

The United States does not deport immigration violators to Cuba.
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