For Priscilla Alvarez of the Atlantic magazine, the “queue” to enter the United States that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach frequently references is “imaginary.” In the way of challenging Kobach, Alvarez argues that there is not a single line but multiple lines, some of which are much longer than others.
For Alvarez and others on the left like Tessa Weinberg of the Columbia Missourian, the excess demand for legal entry into the United States somehow justifies illegal entry. In an effort to make the case for allowing DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients to stay as legal residents, Weinberg profiles a woman named Ana, who just happens to live in Mexico, Missouri. Hoping to tug at readers’ heart strings, Weinberg unwittingly tugs at their purse strings. Ana and her queue-jumping family have cost the taxpayer a boatload of money and will likely cost much more.
Ana’s father had been a police office officer in Mexico City. He thought he could do better in the United States so he and his wife broke the law and snuck in. They would break the law many times after that. At age 6, Ana crossed the border sometime later. The professional sneaking her in taught her how to lie convincingly. She was convincing enough.
Her father saw an opening in a Missouri factory and decided it was worth the risk. This, of course, meant creating a fake social security card, but this is common practice among illegal aliens. On several occasions, Ana’s father was caught and deported, but he succeeded on each occasion in sneaking back in. In the meantime, the State of Missouri educated Ana and her two brothers and likely picked up their medical and other bills as well.
In 2010, the father was arrested for the final time and deported. A year later, the mother and the two younger boys chose to join him in Mexico. Ana chose to stay in Missouri. She worked a few jobs, writes Weinberg casually, “using a fake Social Security card.” In December 2012, she applied for the DACA program and was accepted.
Understanding that Barack Obama ignored the Constitution and introduced the DACA program without any congressional authorization, Ana has been understandably nervous about the permanence of her status. While she waited, however, she had a child out of wedlock. Weinberg does not discuss who is footing the bill for the child, but the reader can imagine.
“Her main concern is her son, who is a U.S. citizen,” writes Weinberg, who seems utterly indifferent to every law Ana and her family have broken. “She wants him to be able to grow up in America, enjoying the privileges of that status.”
Yes, Ana, so do the 4 million or so other people who have chosen not to jump the queue, and many of these have harder luck stories than yours.