Pregnant and Shackled: Hard Labor for Arizona's Immigrants

New America Media, News Feature, Valeria Fernandez Posted: Jan 26, 2010

PHOENIX, Ariz.- Miriam Mendiola-Martinez, an undocumented immigrant charged with using someone else's identity to work, gave birth to a boy on Dec. 21 at Maricopa Medical Center. After her C-section, she was shackled for two days to her hospital bed. She was not allowed to nurse her baby. And when guards walked her out of the hospital in shackles, she had no idea what officials had done with her child.

Martinez family Like Mendiola-Martinez, pregnant inmates in Maricopa County Jail are routinely denied bond because they are undocumented immigrants. That means they can't get out of jail for their childbirth, even if they are awaiting trial for a minor offense.

In some cases, undocumented immigrants are shackled as they are transported to the jail-contracted hospital, and shackled during and after childbirth.

Hospital authorities don't control this practice and medical personnel involved in these cases declined to be interviewed.

All hospitalized inmates are treated in the same manner as Mendiola-Martinez, according to Lt. Brian Lee, a spokesperson for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. He said she had a "soft restraint" attached on one leg to her bed to prevent escape.

That soft restraint was a 12-foot-long chain.

"I could barely walk, I don't think I could have escaped or even dared to run. I don't think there was a need for them to do that," said 34-year-old Mendiola-Martinez.

She says she was shackled during the two last months of her pregnancy too. Every time she had a pre-natal appointment, she waited in a small un-ventilated room with 20 other women. She had to sit in the floor. The chains were heavy and hurt her waist. Mendiola-Martinez often wept. She feared that her sadness could hurt the baby.

Unequal Justice

Mendiola's story would have been different if she hadn't been undocumented. She would have been released on bond before her baby was born because she had committed a non-violent crime, according to David Black, a criminal defense attorney who took her case pro-bono.

But in November 2006, Arizona voters approved a law that denies undocumented immigrants the right to post bail. Proposition 100 was authored by Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, as a way to keep undocumented immigrants who had been charged with "serious crimes" from being released.

The Arizona legislature included among those accusations minor offenses like possession of false documents, which undocumented immigrants frequently use to obtain employment.

The law, which is unique in the nation, is being challenged in the U.S. District Court of Arizona by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on the basis that it violates the Constitution by unjustly denying a select group of people a fair hearing. The lawsuit, however, doesn't include the cases of pregnant women.

"I think Prop. 100 puts migrant women at a disadvantage and treats them unfairly," said Bob McWhirter, a senior attorney with the Maricopa Legal Defender's office.

About 1,500 pregnant women come through the Maricopa County Estrella jail every year. In 2009, 35 of them gave birth while in custody, according to Maricopa Medical Center records. More than 70 percent of the women detained in Maricopa County jails are accused of non-violent crimes and haven't been sentenced yet. About 11 percent of them are undocumented immigrants. Health and county authorities say they don't keep records on the immigration status or ethnicity of the women who give birth.

In October 2008, a federal judge ruled that conditions at the Maricopa County Jail, overseen by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, were unconstitutional and jeopardized the health and safety of the prisoners. The judge ordered jail officials to ensure that detainees received proper medical care, medicine and food that complied with federal standards. That same year, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care said the county's jails did not comply with federal standards due to their failure to submit reports on jail conditions.

More Shackling Cases

Although Mendiola-Martinez's story is not unique, it is difficult to track how many other women have shared her experience because most of them have been deported. Yet other detainees attest to the poor treatment of pregnant immigrants inside the county jails.

In October 2008, Alma Chacon, an undocumented immigrant arrested during a traffic stop for having outstanding unpaid tickets, delivered her baby in a "forensic restraint," according to hospital records. Chacon said detention officers shackled her hands and legs during childbirth. She couldn't nurse or hold her baby until she was released from immigration custody almost 70 days later.

Chacon's case caught the attention of the federal Department of Justice, which is currently conducting a civil rights investigation into Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

The sheriff's office says it doesn't have a policy regarding the shackling of pregnant women. Spokesperson Aaron Douglas said they had no intention of changing the practice. But when questioned directly by New America Media about these cases, Arpaio said that everything was done "legally." Yet, he added, he may consider reviewing the practice.

Still, critics point out that pregnant inmates who have been sentenced to state prison are treated better than inmates who are awaiting their sentencing in Maricopa County jails.

The Arizona Department of Corrections, which oversees state prison inmates, initiated a policy in 2003 that states: "A pregnant women will not be restrained in any manner while in labor, while giving birth, or during the postpartum recovery period."

In 2008, the Federal Bureau of Prisons barred the shackling of pregnant inmates in federal prisons except when it was necessary for security concerns. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) doesn't have a specific policy prohibiting their use. But advocates at the Rebecca Project, which is part of a national anti-shackling coalition, said they are in conversation with ICE to put regulations in place.

The practice of shackling women during childbirth is frowned upon by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. They say that shackling women during labor, delivery and post-partum is dangerous to a woman's health and that of her unborn child.

Maricopa County is not unique in the practice of shackling pregnant women. Only six states in the nation have laws regulating the use of restraints on pregnant inmates: California, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, Texas and Vermont.

Advocates are hoping to include Arizona on the list.

Voces por la Vida, a pro-life group in Phoenix directed by Rosie Villegas-Smith, is leading the charge for anti-shackling legislation.

"Undocumented women are the most vulnerable here because they don't have a right to be released on bond," she said.

Villegas-Smith says Arizona lawmakers are endangering the health of women and children in the name of fighting illegal immigration.

"I think a distinction has to be made and some humanity brought into Maricopa County laws, to allow [undocumented] nursing mothers and pregnant women to have their children outside of detention," said Delia Salvatierra, Mendiola's immigration attorney.

When contacted by New America Media, Rep. Martha Garcia, D-Phoenix, said she would try to introduce a bill to ban the use of shackling.

"My main concern is that women are traumatized by being shackled and what this does to their babies, too," said the legislator, who is involved in the public health outreach program Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies.

"It makes me really angry that this is happening in the state of Arizona, because I believe the treatment of immigrants is worse here than anywhere else," Garcia added.

The issue will be hard to push in the Arizona state legislature. Over the last five years, conservative Republicans have supported a series of anti-immigrant laws, aimed at creating a hostile environment in the state to push migrants out.

The most recently enacted law, House Bill 2008, requires state employees to report immigrants who apply for public benefits to ICE. The law, sponsored by Republican leadership as part of a special session budget package, is causing pregnant immigrant women to be afraid of requesting free pre-natal services and health care.

Humanitarian Release

On Dec. 24, the date of her sentencing, Mendiola-Martinez was brought into the courtroom in a wheel chair, her hands and legs shackled.

"It was never my intention to hurt the victim. Please forgive me and let me go back to my children," she told the judge. She was sentenced to time served and two years of probation. ICE didn't take her into custody after her release from jail for "humanitarian reasons," according to Vincent Piccard, a spokesperson for that agency.

Mendiola-Martinez was able to hold her baby again on Christmas Day. She takes joy in being with him and smiles when she watches him sleep. Secretly, though, she searches his face for any sign that her depression in jail might have had a negative effect on him while he was in her womb. Her children are U.S. citizens, but her future in the country where she's lived for the past 15 years is still uncertain.

"I wish they would change things," she said of current immigration laws. "Because when they do this to us, they do it to our children."

Traduccion al espanol.

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jb on Feb 17, 2010 at 20:42:01 said:

All you racists with your comments about "those people breeding like rabbits" and taking advantage of the system need a reality check. There are thousands of Americans living in South America, in the country I live in, taking adavantage of the half price senior's discounts for travel and various other services, and they are entitled to the free healthcare system, while they exploit the local population by paying the bare minimum wages, or in many cases less (which is actively promoted by an American expat association called International Living), driving up the cost of real estate for those of us who actually work there and contribute to the society, and they get a visa to live there no questions asked. Perhaps we should start applying the same rules to you Americans as you apply to those who want to enter your country. But of course not, because you are all superior and deserve to be treated better than anyone else, right? And then you wonder why you are hated all around the globe. Not just for your arrogance but also for your ignorance- like the fact that you have no idea that human rights apply to every human, no matter where they are. You people are a blight on the human race.


AntiMarxist4Life on Feb 17, 2010 at 03:50:45 said:

The United States Constitution's Bill of Rights only applies to UNITED STATES CITIZENS..

This lady however is not an American Citizen, she is an illegal, plain and simple. She had violated state laws, she trespassed into state territory, she committed identity theft (and probably ruined someone's life in the process), and SHE is the VICTIM?? To say that she is "innocent" is a parodox and makes that statement a contradiction in itself.
Liberals, get real and grow a brain....


AntiMarxist4Life on Feb 17, 2010 at 02:07:50 said:

The United States Constitution's Bill of Rights only applies to UNITED STATES CITIZENS..

This lady however is not an American Citizen, she is an illegal, plain and simple. She had violated state laws, she trespassed into state territory, she committed identity theft (and probably ruined someone's life in the process), and SHE is the VICTIM?? To say that she is "innocent" is a parodox and makes that statement a contradiction in itself.
Liberals, get real and grow a brain....


Nicole on Feb 08, 2010 at 20:41:46 said:

It makes me sad to see that callous and hateful nature of many Americans today. Regardless of status they are Human Beings and deserved to be treated as such. What I find very funny and ironic of the American Public and government is when 2 reporters KNOWINGLY crossed the borders of North Korea and we arrested FOR BREAKING KOREAN LAW we were up in arms about how unfair their arrest was and how they were being treated. President Clinton went and negotiated for their release. WHY? Shouldn't they be held to the same standards that we hold to foreigners caught illegally here.As everyone keeps saying THEY ARE CRIMINALS THEY DESERVE IT THEY SHOULD HAVE STAYED HOME. Please do not try to tell me it's any different because it isn't. Apparently laws only apply to certain people depending on where you may have been so lucky to have been born. Had those been Mexican reporters they would still be there today. Regardless of where we live or who we are we are one race the human race, and all deserved to be treated as such.


Bobbie Warmack on Feb 07, 2010 at 18:26:21 said:

GUESS WHAT PEOPLE, WE ARE ALL HUMAN.....WE ARE ALL EQUAL IN GOD'S EYES.....LET US NOT FORGET THAT....LET US LEARN FROM THE MISTAKES OF OUR PAST....WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO MISTREAT PEOPLE AND BELIEVE THAT WE ARE SUPERIOR BECAUSE WE LIVE ON THIS SIDE OF THE FENCE....WE WILL ALL BE JUDGED!


Elain on Feb 05, 2010 at 06:30:15 said:

Duane, we all understand why she did it and more than likely if we were in her place, we would try it too. But it still wouldn't be right. Not for her and not for us. If you excuse poverty as an acceptable reason for breaking the law, what kind of world do you think we would live in? and haitians are a heck of a lot poorer than the people south of our border, so if you look at poverty as a criteria for being acccepted into the U.S., the people south of our border would be way in the back of the line. You've got to wake up. We are being conned. Most illegal immigrants from Mexico had jobs before entering this country. They wanted higher wages. But guess what? While they were earning those higher wages here in the U.S. and sending money home to their families, we get
stuck with their medical bills and educating their children when they brought them over or popped out another one at our expense. It's a win, win for them and we are the big loser.


Duane on Feb 03, 2010 at 14:49:00 said:

Some of you need to consider what you would do in the place the \\\"illegals\\\" you\\\'re judging so harshly. If you lived in a country where there was no money to be made, but just across the border you could make plenty to support your family, what would you do? Don\\\'t lie to yourselves or anyone else, you\\\'d come across the border and make a living.

Those of you making the disparaging comments didn\\\'t MAKE this country great; you didn\\\'t make the USA more prosperous than Mexico. You just happened to be born here.


Julie B on Feb 02, 2010 at 16:07:46 said:

Maybe they should hold her baby until she pays the hospital bill. In America we take care of ourselves and our families. These people breed like rabbits with no thought at all as to how they will take care of these kids. It is not up to the American taxpayer to fund your lives and take care of your children. Have some pride and pay your own way or go home.


Gavin on Jan 31, 2010 at 09:27:52 said:

They need to do one of two things to solve this problem:

1)Re-classify jails and immigration detention centers as international territory, so foreign criminals who give birth while in custody don't get citizenship for their children and a pardon for their crime. (Or the supreme court could just interpret the constitution the way it was intended.)

or
2)Place their U.S. citizen children in protective custody since it is not "humanitarian" or even legal to put them in a household where a crime is being committed. (Pardoning the crime is not a valid solution, as that encourages more crime.) They do not need their criminal parents teaching them that it's ok to break laws they don't agree with, or judges validating that view.

If liberal judges keep pardoning their crimes, more of them will continue to become criminals. I never understood how a judge could allow people to continue to profit from a crime. Would those same judges let the children of a bank-robber keep the money stolen by their parents? It's the same thing.


Gavin on Jan 31, 2010 at 09:10:31 said:

They need to do one of two things to solve this problem:

1)Re-classify jails and immigration detention centers as international territory, so foreign criminals who give birth while in custody don't get citizenship for their children and a pardon for their crime. (Or the supreme court could just interpret the constitution the way it was intended.)

or
2)Place their U.S. citizen children in protective custody since it is not "humanitarian" or even legal to put them in a household where a crime is being committed. (Pardoning the crime is not a valid solution, as that encourages more crime.) They do not need their criminal parents teaching them that it's ok to break laws they don't agree with, or judges validating that view.

If liberal judges keep pardoning their crimes, more of them will continue to become criminals. I never understood how a judge could allow people to continue to profit from a crime. Would those same judges let the children of a bank-robber keep the money stolen by their parents? It's the same thing.


dubsak20 on Jan 31, 2010 at 08:09:43 said:

The illegal absconders purpously do this for their free ride in America.To bad,All they are trying to do now is sue the state.They are parisites.


Terri Sprague on Jan 31, 2010 at 04:55:43 said:

The US Constitution makes it VERY clear when the law applies only to citizens. The Amendments, below, do NOT show that they apply only to citizens, therefore they do not. It does not matter how strongly you feel about it. This opinion is also the opinion of the SCOTUS. THEY, not you, are the persons who decide what is legal and what is not.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.


Sandi on Jan 30, 2010 at 22:41:51 said:

Hey Mike Goldberg and any other ignorant bleeding heart. (Juan dela Cruz....please learn proper English.)

You don\'t seen to understand....The US Constitution protects US CITIZENS from \"Cruel and Unusual Punishment\". They are not and they do not have rights under our Constitution. They are criminals. They chose to come to this country ILLEGALLY, in flagrant violation and arrogant disregard for our LAWS and RESPECT for them.
Had she stayed in Mexico, where she belonged, this wouldn\'t have happened to her. She has NO ONE to blame but herself. I have no pity and no sympathy. A GOOD mother wouldn\'t go \"running for the border\" when she knows full well what she is doing could potentially jeopardize her baby\'s welfare.
And for the record, to all of those who BOOO-HOO about her being shackled.....that is standard security for ANY one in custody. That is PROPER. That is the Law Enforcement officials following proper security protocol. NO inmate can be left unrestrained at any time when outside of the institution. That is LAW for the safety of citizens. Get over it.
They are not coming here for a \"better life\" they are coming here to run guns and drugs and they bring their wives/girlfriends/children with them. 80% of the Marijuana introduced into the US comes through Mexico and illegals bringing it across the border and I am so sick of hearing that \"better life\" crap.
If they want a better life so badly and if they are such honest and hard working people, then why can they not just show some RESPECT and come here LEGALLY. The road to citizenship is hard, and justly so, but it is not hard for them to get \"green\" cards and work/student visas and be HONEST. These people are NOT. They deserve to be rounded up and deported. They deserve no sympathy. They traumatize their own children when they do this, NOT us!
If this was 1986, and there we 12 million undocumented Russians running guns and drugs in America we would call it an invasion....so why not now, with these people?


Barbara Ervin on Jan 29, 2010 at 22:18:00 said:

Excuse the heck out of me if I just can't seem to muster any sympathy for people like this. If you don't want to be treated like a criminal then don't commit crimes. And regardless of what some bleeding hearts may say, entering this country by illegally crossing the border IS a crime and those who do so ARE criminals. And this 'lady' did more than just illegally cross the border. 'Borrowing' someone's identity to secure a job for which you are not eligible is also a crime! And as far as I'm concerned, if she was already pregnant when she ran the risk of entering the country illegally she should also be charged with child abuse and/or endangerment! If you want to be welcome here and treated fairly here then come here legally! I don't see how anyone can complain about our immigration laws. We already admit more (legal) immigrants per year than every other country in the world combined. Our immigration laws don't need to be fixed, they NEED to be STRINGENTLY enforced!


D. Porter on Jan 28, 2010 at 07:07:30 said:

Let me get this straight..... this broad sneaks into the country to squat and filch, steals someone's ID, steals a job, winds up getting busted and goes to jail, and now she's baby-waving and whining about WHAT? Boo-frickin'-hoo! If you don't want to be treated like a criminal then don't become one in the first place. Deport this sniveling wad of frijoles and her anchor larvae. Bye bye!


Frank Medina on Jan 27, 2010 at 17:08:42 said:

I'm among the staunchest opponents of amnesty and other benefits for illegal aliens but I too feel that a woman should not be shackled during childbirth nor should the child be kept from the mother except to protect it or for medical care. That said, Ms. Martinez and all the other pregnant illegal aliens mentioned in the article could have prevented all this drama by staying in her native country, coming to the US illegally or at the very least, not committing identity theft crimes in the US that caused her imprisonment in the first place. The sad thing is that she wasn't deported soon enough and now her child is a US citizen who must go through many hardships due to the actions of it's mother.
At the end of the article, the author seems to lament that illegal alien women are afraid to use "free" pre-natal services and benefits. Truth is, while those benefits are free to them, the costs are borne by the US taxpayers. Look at L.A. county in California and Cook County in Illinois to see how illegal aliens are bankrupting county hospitals due to the costs of providing them medical care.
When will anyone start advocating for the US taxpayer and our grandchildren?


mike goldberg on Jan 27, 2010 at 13:17:25 said:

not letting a mother hold their baby for 70 days after childbirth? Sounds like a clear violation of the U.S. constitutional provision forbidding "cruel and unusual punishment". I guess they get their kicks creating traumatized, angry children in Arizona and don't care what these children will do with that anger when they get older. What barbarism! But that's the general policy in the US penal system, punish the baby along with the mother.


Edie on Jan 27, 2010 at 08:07:39 said:

juan dela cruz on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:12:35 said:

you call this people parasites, shame on you what this people do is work and work and work to make a living, you are the one who is parasite so proud of your country but is your country proud of you? are a productive citizen? for sure you so insecure, lazy and stupid you blame others because you are a failure in life..


Juan, you need to learn a life lesson. That lesson is that no one owes you, or anyone else anything. Guess what? Even God doesn't owe you or anything else anything. We all owe him. Who do you think you are to criticize and demonize people who are tired of the financial burden illegal immigrants are putting on this country. Who are you to demonize people who want all people to follow our immigration laws. You seem to think only illegal immigrants work hard. Well, get a clue bud. Most illegal immigrants are uneducated and unskilled. The money that pays for their medical bills and the education of their children is money earned by U.S. citizens and legal residents who work hard too. You are just too sanctimonious and arrogant for words. You act as if illegal immigrants have a right to enter this country illegally and
become a financial burden to this country just because they are poor. Hypocrite!


Pray4Peace on Jan 27, 2010 at 07:25:52 said:

Immigration issues aside, that our prisons can do this legally to anyone is immoral.

Until more people in Mexico become middle class, the poor will continue to risk what little they have for a chance of making a living here.

Unfortunately, policies like locking up too many of our own citizens and tax cuts for the rich are reducing the size of our middle class. If it continues, we will become Mexico.


n8whit on Jan 26, 2010 at 22:08:33 said:

This is a shame. She should be deported and children of illegal aliens should not automatically be citizens.


Walt Erickson on Jan 26, 2010 at 14:49:20 said:

You did this to yourself and you did this to your child! You are a rotten person and should not have been allowed to breed on this side of the border.
DEPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS...NO AMNESTY!


dick on Jan 26, 2010 at 14:00:31 said:

Ignorance is all I see from people who are to stand up for what the plaque on the statue of liberty says. Maybe we should just tear it down.Dont forget this country was and is made up of good and unsavory immigrants.Even the Govenor of California was a immigrant and he also at one time was here in the USA with a expired and unrenewed visa and could have been himself termed "illegal" (not including the fact that he has family members that were once part of the the nazi party during WW2) before, he married "right" and also had the backing of the GOP. All I can say is that Iam sometimes so ashamed of how my country men can be so cruel with their actions and words towards the undocumented workers.Iam a middle of the road democrat but, Iam so disgusted with both parties mostly, with the GOP that being a independent is starting to look very good to me. Once a native American indian said to me "maybe America would have been better off if, the Mayflower would have sunk".Hmmm??


Ali on Jan 26, 2010 at 10:28:54 said:

Nathan on Jan 26, 2010 at 07:28:54 said:

This is so sad. Shame on Arizona. We need immigration reform now.
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The only reform we need is enforcement of the laws, beginning with the repeal of birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens.

This woman can take her U.S.-born kids back home with her when she's deported. After all, countries such as Mexico recognize her kids as their citizens as well, so ALL family members would have a legal right to live THERE. She doesn't have a right to live here and no country I know of bases the citizenship of the parent on the citizenship of the child.


Ali on Jan 26, 2010 at 10:24:10 said:

juan dela cruz on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:15:21 said:

and why are you so sick of this people whom you call parasite do they ask money or any help from you. YOU ARE THE REAL PARASITES...
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Tell us, Juan--do you really believe that this woman has paid the hospital bills--ALL of the costs--for the birth of her children?
Is she paying taxes that come anywhere near covering the cost of their educations or healthcare? She's a parasite. And just where is the father (or fathers) of her kids?


Ali on Jan 26, 2010 at 10:20:46 said:

juan dela cruz on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:12:35 said:

you call this people parasites, shame on you what this people do is work and work and work to make a living, you are the one who is parasite so proud of your country but is your country proud of you? are a productive citizen? for sure you so insecure, lazy and stupid you blame others because you are a failure in life
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I'm not a failure in life, but the woman in this case and illegal aliens are. Anyone who has to break the law, lie, and cheat to get what she wants IS a failure in life. And if this woman was so incapable of supporting her family, then what is SHE doing having kids? She's a parasite, leaching off the good name of another person and probably off the U.S. taxpayer who paid for the birth of her kids and their healthcare and educations.


Ali on Jan 26, 2010 at 10:18:15 said:

dick on Jan 26, 2010 at 06:21:26 said:

Yes,it was her choice to come here illegally,because the American Employer continues to break his own laws and like it or not, he will continue to hire her or those like her.But it is always easier for big interest groups and those brainwashed by them to point the finger south.Wake up!
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The fact that she stole someone's identity and used it to get work gives the employer "plausible deniability". SHE's the one who committed fraud. The employer may or may not have known she was here illegally, but SHE definitely knew it.


RVT1000 on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:49:59 said:

Waa waa waa. Stay in Mexico if you don't like it here.

Remember that every dime spent on an illegal and their kids is a dime that is not available for OUR kids.


Beast on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:19:18 said:

She should have been deported, along with her child. She should never have come here, and if we send a message that you will be treated like this, then maybe they will think twice.

She broke the law, she caused this mess, it is her fault. We have laws meant to be respected, and if you don't, then you deserve what you get.


juan dela cruz on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:15:21 said:

and why are you so sick of this people whom you call parasite do they ask money or any help from you. YOU ARE THE REAL PARASITES...


juan dela cruz on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:12:35 said:

you call this people parasites, shame on you what this people do is work and work and work to make a living, you are the one who is parasite so proud of your country but is your country proud of you? are a productive citizen? for sure you so insecure, lazy and stupid you blame others because you are a failure in life..


Nathan on Jan 26, 2010 at 07:28:54 said:

This is so sad. Shame on Arizona. We need immigration reform now.


Edie on Jan 26, 2010 at 06:56:18 said:

I am so sick of these people. Illegal immigrants seem to think that just because they are poor and pop out a baby, they are supposed to get away with breaking any law out there. And then just say "I just wanted a better life for my family." Get this illegal immigrants. We U.S. citizens want a better life for our families as well. And you are endangering it when you bring your uneducated and unskilled, having too many children behinds over that border illegally. Enough Already! I no longer feel sorry for you. You are conning U.S. citizens and care nothing about the financial burden you are putting on this country. Get OUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTttttttt!.


l00ker on Jan 26, 2010 at 06:48:25 said:

We are supposed to boo hoo for the burglar who gets shot, then handcuffed, then sent to jail. These parasites use their children to abet their criminal activities, no wonder their children usually end up behind bars. Send them all packing.


dick on Jan 26, 2010 at 06:21:26 said:

Yes,it was her choice to come here illegally,because the American Employer continues to break his own laws and like it or not, he will continue to hire her or those like her.But it is always easier for big interest groups and those brainwashed by them to point the finger south.Wake up!


dick on Jan 26, 2010 at 06:11:02 said:

Just terrible!And some people who are not aware what goes on in maricopa county have the nerve to call New Jersey the Armpit of the USA.


Ali on Jan 26, 2010 at 05:24:10 said:

I wish they would change things, she said of current immigration laws. Because when they do this to us, they do it to our children.
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No, ma'am, YOU do this to YOUR children. It was YOUR choice to enter this country illegally. It was YOUR choice to commit identity theft and fraud. And it will be YOUR choice to take your children with you when you are deported or to leave them here.

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