A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol truck patrols the U.S. border with Mexico as Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, visits the Arizona border with Mexico in Douglas, Ariz., Friday, March 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

Juan Manuel Montes, First “Dreamer” Deported, Has a Criminal Record

The first of the so called “Dreamers” to be deported is named Juan Manuel Montes. He was brought to the United States by his parents as a 9 year old child and is now in his twenties. He has received several deferments under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program established by Barack Obama.

I am one of those squishy Republicans on this issue. I think if a child was brought here by his parents and, since coming here, he’s been a law abiding resident, we should let him stay. In the vast majority of cases, this is the only country the person will have a memory of. Montes, due to his age, has a memory of home, but was still a child. I don’t think the party of families should be breaking up families. That does not mean I favor citizenship, but I do favor legal resident alien status.

But I am okay with deporting Juan Manuel Montes. Much, though not all, of the media and almost every outraged activist is ignoring that he has a criminal record.

Likewise, Montes’ story differs in key details from what Customs and Border Protection claims. According to the government, Montes actually had gone into Mexico and climbed a fence to get back into the United States. Additionally, he admitted under oath he had done so. Additionally, his DACA status was expired.

Oh, and did I mention he had multiple arrests, including for shoplifting?

This is not a sympathetic case and I have no problem with his deportation. If he was dumb enough to leave the country and climb a fence to get back in, he might as well go elsewhere anyway. But that he was here as an illegal alien and continues to break the law makes him not a sympathetic figure.

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