On Thursday evening, February 17, 2011, I attended the Immigration Seminar at the Mason High School, put on by the Mason ISD Community Education, and featuring Dr. Jesus Romero. It was rewarding to hear Dr. Romero speak of his immigrating to the United States as a small child and the opportunities afforded him in this country. He was able to attend college and obtain his doctorate in Spanish and become a college professor. Dr. Romero said that he had applied for work in Mexico and could not get a job there but got a job in the United States and even got money back from the US government after filing his first income tax return. How fortunate.
Dr. Romero, in his talk, advocated that we as Americans should protect illegal immigrants from being apprehended by police and immigration agents. He also said that various religious organizations in Mason could band together, form a 501(c)(3) tax exempt that could help illegal immigrants in evading apprehension and help them in taking advantage of various opportunities here in the U.S.. What a novel approach... taking advantage of tax laws to circumvent the immigration laws and violate the sovereignty of our country. Dr. Romero also brought up the point that Mason and other central Texas towns could become sanctuary cities like Austin, San Antonio and Houston for the protection of illegal immigrants.
During the half time break, the High School Spanish instructor, Justin McFarland, told me that the seminar had been inspired by the apprehension and return to Mexico of two Mason High School students a few weeks before by U.S. Border Patrol agents. Mr. McFarland insinuated that the two students had been picked up in violation of law and wrongfully returned to Mexico. I would urge Mr. McFarland and everyone involved to file a formal complaint at the nearest FBI office and with the US Department of Justice, if indeed, they believe that Federal law was violated. Be prepared to give sworn affidavits and sworn testimony in Federal court as to what happened and who was involved.
Mr. McFarland also told me that the two students were already back in school in Mason. I would like to point out that any person who went to the border and picked up these two students, or helped these two students in any way to cross and travel back to Mason are subject to arrest and prosecution for alien smuggling. Any vehicle or vehicles involved would be subject to seizure and confiscation under Federal law. Any person with knowledge of the two students being smuggled and not reporting it may be guilty of a felony.
I do not know if Dr. Romero is an alien legally admitted for permanent residence (green card) or a naturalized United States citizen. It really does not matter which he is. I would like to pose three questions for Dr. Romero to answer here in the paper.
1. Dr. Romero, do you believe that it is hypocritical of you to advocate the violation of US law and the violation of the sovereignty of your adopted country (if you are citizen) or the country where you have been allowed to reside as a guest (if you are not a citizen) and where you have been granted every right and opportunity that a natural born citizen is? You are even allowed to legally own a firearm.
2. Dr. Romero, under what moral or legal authority does any illegal alien get the right to enter my country and my home illegally? My country is my home. If you violate one you violate the other.
3. Dr. Romero, does your advocacy for the violation of United States immigration laws and United States sovereignty mean that you believe that an American citizen should be allowed to enter Mexico illegally and violate Mexico's sovereignty?
When Dr. Romero was finished with his talk, he received a standing ovation from the high school students in attendance. I believe that they have only received one side of a rather complicated subject. They deserve to be told the whole truth.
Roy L. Wilson