Deported to a foreign land

Deported to a foreign land

There are 28 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 22, 2007, titled Deported to a foreign land. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Janina Wasilewski's universe has shrunk dramatically. The sadness and strain can be read in her drawn face.

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United States

#21 Sep 22, 2007
It has been repeated ad nauseum, but illegal is still illegal. The laws aren't written to allow everyone who has a sad story (of their own making) to stay.

Maybe this broad and Elvira could be roomates in Mejico!

If Henry thinks he lives within a "Soviet style political system" then I agree with SKM - get the hell out. We won't miss you, really.
john

United States

#22 Sep 22, 2007
gee wrote:
So in 1995 she knew she had to leave the United States. So she ignored the judge's order and got married and had a child and pretended all was well. I'm sure she got her due process (deported 12 years after the 1995 decision). She only has herself to blame. The situation had changed in Poland and she should have gone back and applied for a green card like everyone else who has to wait in line. Her situation is not the result of failed immigration policy, it is the result of her own actions.
Another " ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT " is going to hide in the church , maybe again..
I hope not... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH with peoples who ignore the law in this country and demand to stay... WHO FORCE THESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO STAY HERE BY IGNORING THE LAW ?
Who could they blame for separating their family?
Nobody but themself peoples need to be held responsible for the things they do....
Jennifer

United States

#29 Sep 22, 2007
Find out the whole story before accusing her. She didn't know that she was supposed to leave. Many English speaking people have trouble understanding complex legal jargon. I find it so infuriating that people are saying this woman deserved to be deported yet marching to get Elvira Arellano back into the country. She is the complete opposite of what that woman did, is it because she doesn't fit into any minoroty stereotype that people don't think she is being treated unfairly? Now that's what I call racist.
Arellano could learn an awful lot from this woman, but the truth is Arellano will be back here illegally before Janina gets justice.
Dave

Pensacola, FL

#30 Sep 23, 2007
Please,you have me in tears, She was here starting in 1986 had a hearing in 1995 that she did not understand,found an American to have a anchor baby with in 2001 and thought she had it made.It didn't work,back to Poland where she belongs.
Dave

Pensacola, FL

#31 Sep 23, 2007
Hi Henry,I see you're still posting your garbage!
Nick

Plainfield, IL

#32 Sep 23, 2007
This is a sad story but again if she read and spoke English as everyone allowed into this country should, likely she'd understand she agreed to move back.

Also, if I was sent out of the country I'm quite sure my husband would follow to protect me and support me.

She has no legal basis to stay here unless she can prove negligence on the part of her attorney, which is unlikely.

I would never move/stay in a foreign country without learning how to fluently read or write the language. I've had white friends in high school who DATED a Hispanic male and were able to fluently read and write spanish within WEEKS.. Sorry but no excuses here.
Nick

Plainfield, IL

#33 Sep 23, 2007
Jennifer wrote:
Find out the whole story before accusing her. She didn't know that she was supposed to leave. Many English speaking people have trouble understanding complex legal jargon. I find it so infuriating that people are saying this woman deserved to be deported yet marching to get Elvira Arellano back into the country. She is the complete opposite of what that woman did, is it because she doesn't fit into any minoroty stereotype that people don't think she is being treated unfairly? Now that's what I call racist.
Arellano could learn an awful lot from this woman, but the truth is Arellano will be back here illegally before Janina gets justice.
If that was true, the deportation order would have been overturned. The attorney represents the client and in cases of this nature he would be responsible. But in this case, likely he clearly explained what she was signing and either she couldn't read or write English OR she agreed to it because of cost, or some other ramification and then figured she'd just stay here.

So unless we hear her attorney's side of the story, you can't just rely on a sob story.
Fellow Pole

Milwaukee, WI

#34 Sep 23, 2007
As it turns out from the story, Poland is such a terrible and strange land to poor Janina. But... I come from the same country, and as much as I value and admire America, I would never ever degrade my Motherland by making public statements as she is quoted to have. Besides, she left it when things really started to turn around, and applying for a political asylum after 1989 collapse of the Soviet backed regime was just plain stupid. And once deported and banned from re-entry for 10 years, she is very unlikely to change the immigration authorities' standing on that. But before you start crying for the poor thing, let's have a look at the bright side of the matter. Brian seems to be doing fine, and he will certainly get a better education in Poland than he would have in the U.S. for the simple reason that Polish public schools are on the average much more superior to most of the American ones. As for the family split, hasn't Tony gotten his U.S. citizenship recently. He doesn't have to stay separated from his wife and son. Poland does not impose any visas on Americans (as the U.S. does on Poles, but it's a separate theme), and Tony is free go go to Poland whenever and for whatever time he wants. He can also go back and forth at will, but staying in Poland longer might be quite a good idea for the family. If they were so successful building a family business here, I am sure they have enough experience to reapeat it in Poland. Investing in something there seems like a much better idea than putting money in U.S. lawyers' pockets. One more thing before I relieve you all from my wisedom here, Poland is quite a modern country, with lots of opportunities, member of the European Union. With the right attitude, Janina and Tony can do well there, I am sure. So let us not cry so much at their supposed misery.

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