Phoenix Cross-Country Coach Miguel Aparicio Deported
Miguel Aparicio, 37, deported on Monday, despite ICE director John Morton's empty "changes" to ICE deportation policies Last week United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement honcho John Morton announced a series of "improvements" meant to keep ICE's focus on deporting aliens with serious criminal records.
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Since: Jun 10
#1 Jun 21, 2011
Over 20 years ago, Miguel Aparicio came to the United States when he was just 15 years old, following his grandmother to a better life in the United States. Now 38, Miguel is not the typical DREAMer because he is over the age that would qualify him to benefit from the DREAM Act. However, his story has inspired and transformed the lives of many young people, documented and not.
Until April of 2009, when he was detained for allegedly running a school stop sign, Miguel had completed 12 seasons as a volunteer cross-country assistant coach. Along with his partner, the head coach Carlos Borja, they led the Phoenix Alhambra boys cross country team to a state championships in 2007, 2009 and 2010, as well as a state runner-up title in 2008 . The pair has also sent 10 athletes to college with academic and/or athletic scholarships since they first started coaching together.
The deputy asked him for his driver's license, and Aparicio said that he didn't have one. The deputy asked for Mendez's ID and got the same answer. The deputy remained calm and businesslike. Aparicio was calm, too. Now that the moment he'd dreaded for years had finally arrived, he almost felt relieved
His grandmother paid a coyote $300. That man took them to the border—then an unimposing chain-link fence—where they waited for nightfall. Then, as the U.S. Border Patrol began changing shifts, the coyote gave them a sign and they crawled through a hole beneath the fence. They hustled across the parking lot of a McDonald's, whose lights glowed ghostly in the fog, a wetback version of Lady Liberty, welcoming the boy to America.
**Aparicio imagined how he'd explain how he had been a good, hard-working man during his 20 years in the United States. Starting from nothing, he'd attained an education, learned a useful trade, built a top high-school running program, and helped dozens of young Latino men to attend college and embark on careers. Aparicio was no saint—he'd been convicted on a DUI charge in 2002, and had driven without a valid license after that **(by that time, Arizona required proof of legal presence and wouldn't reissue him one). But he felt that, on balance, he'd lived an upstanding life that would bear scrutiny. He just needed a judge to hear his story. Sadly, most inmates in the jail, and most of the estimated 12 million unauthorized residents nationwide, had an American story.***Aparicio's parents lived in Mexico. His grandmother possessed a green card, an ID that attests to an alien's permanent resident status, but their relationship wasn't close enough.**She couldn't save Aparicio from the fact that when he was 15, he'd followed her under the fence in Nogales.*And over the ensuing two decades, he'd failed to take the path toward citizenship. For five years, he'd been married to a U.S. citizen, who could have sponsored his application. But Aparicio hadn't followed through.
In 1997*, he began volunteering
When he first applied at South Mountain, he had a valid Arizona driver’s license, he got it before the state started asking for Social Security numbers to apply for one. In order to present a Social Security number, he made up one.
The school district even fingerprinted him and did a background check on him, he says. Somehow he was still cleared to be a volunteer cross-country coach.
He re-applied every year, so each year the school district officials always had a chance to find out about his immigration status, but they didn’t.
“I believe the school district office wasn’t doing their job,” he points out.“Because I was able to work for…many years.”
But even so, the district let him go on as a volunteer coach after he had brought up the incident to district officials.
By this time “the [school officials] must have known that I was illegal,” Aparicio asserts.
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Since: Jun 10
#2 Jun 21, 2011
channels 3,5,10, 12 news (pro illegal story)
“Over 20 years “ago, Miguel Aparicio came to the United States. Illegal?.
When he first applied at South Mountain, he had a valid Arizona driver’s license, he got it before the state started asking for Social Security numbers to apply for one. In order to present a Social Security number, he made up one, Illegal?.
The deputy asked him for his driver's license, and Aparicio said that he didn't have one. The deputy asked for Mendez's ID and got the same answer. Illegal?.
he'd been convicted on a DUI charge in 2002, and had driven without a valid license after that (by that time, Arizona required proof of legal presence and wouldn't reissue him one). Illegal?.
For five years, he'd been married to a U.S. citizen, who could have sponsored his application.
20 years is not enough time to know right from wrong? What is he really teaching?
“Work hard at work worth doing.”
Since: Apr 11
#3 Jun 21, 2011
Somthing is really fishy about this lame story. Bottom-line, no sympathy for this one...he is supposed to be a role model for the kids he coached...he set a very poor standard for them. He knew what he was doing, and continued on the same path...there are consequences for thumbing one's nose at our laws.
Since: Jun 10
#4 Jun 21, 2011
Illegal immigrant accused in officer's death is a member of MS-13
"He’s been in the country for 20 years, came over as a 6-year-old child. Went to high school here. And he is not a gang member. He is not affiliated with MS-13. That’s a falsehood," Clay said. "He says he has never been affiliated with a gang, especially MS-13."
Rodriguez, a twice-deported illegal immigrant, was arrested early Sunday morning after police say he struck and killed Officer Kevin Will, 38, at the scene of a motorcycle accident on the North Loop near Yale.
Prosecutors said police had the freeway blocked off while they investigated the accident and interviewed witnesses, but Rodriguez ignored the barriers and tore through the scene at a high rate of speed.
One of the officers at the scene hopped in a cruiser and attempted to pull Rodriguez over, to no avail.
"This defendant proceeded going at a high rate of speed, he did not slow at all. He struck Officer Kevin Will, who was speaking with a witness, killing him instantly and dragging his body for a long distance," Prosecutor Catherine Evans said to the judge.
Evans said when police took Rodriguez to the hospital, he was not aware that he’d been in an accident.
She said his blood-alcohol level came back at a .238 – three times the legal limit, and officers found .3 grams of powder cocaine in a baggie in Rodriguez’s pocket.
#5 Jun 21, 2011
i hope this is a wake up call for those illegals who think they can just thumb their noses and continue to commit crimes.
this so-called pillar of society got what was comming to him .the judge is a hero in my books and for those of you who are crying about his decision you might want to ask yourself shyould i leave and have an opportunity to gain re-entry or should i go the way aparicio did and be banned for 10 years. going undetected will not gain any favor once you are captured. im glad that criminal got taken out. peace everyone
#6 Jun 21, 2011
Good. Now, an American can fill the job.
“Work hard at work worth doing.”
Since: Apr 11
#7 Jun 21, 2011
Hopefully it will be an American that has integrity and sets a good example for the team and the school in general.
Since: Jun 10
#8 Jun 23, 2011
Missing-leg case: Arrest made in Mesa hit-and-run
Police have made an arrest tied to Sunday's fatal hit-and-run collision after a Mesa resident called in to report a suspicious vehicle, officials said Tuesday.
The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Jose Padilla-Rodriguez, admitted to police that he was the driver of the suspect car. He told investigators he knew he had struck the two pedestrians and did not stop to help.
Police say they received a call Monday afternoon from a resident in a Mesa apartment complex stating that there was a suspicious vehicle parked out front. The woman had heard media reports from Sunday's incident, and told officials a teal-green Toyota Celica was parked at her complex with windshield damage, dents on the front fender, a broken driver's side window, and both side view mirrors missing Police arrived and found an employee from an auto-glass company repairing the windshield on the Toyota. The employee gave police the telephone number listed on his work order.
Officials tracked down the registered owner, who said he lent the vehicle to the suspect on Saturday night. The car was not returned, and Padilla-Rodriguez told the owner it had been stolen, police said.
The suspect was charged with two counts of failing to stop, and two counts of failing to remain at the scene of a fatal collision. Investigators have not yet located the missing portion of the deceased victim's leg, which officers believe was left in the vehicle used in the hit-and-run.
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Jose Padilla-Rodriguez initial court appearance on June 21, 2011, in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, AZ.
All three were here illegally.
US journalist says he's an illegal immigrant June 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP)— A prize-winning journalist who reported for The Washington Post went public Wednesday with a secret he has been keeping for nearly two decades: He is an illegal immigrant.
Jose Antonio Vargas, 30, whose mother sent him from the Philippines to live with his grandparents in California when he was 12,
He says he didn't know about his citizenship status until four years after he arrived in the U.S., when he applied for a driver's permit and handed a clerk his green card.
"This is fake,"
Vargas confronted his grandfather, who acknowledged he purchased the green card and other fake documents
Most recently, Vargas was a senior contributing editor at Huffington Post. He said he left after less than a year and was worried professionally about a looming deadline: the expiration of his 8-year-old Oregon driver's license
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