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July 20, 2012

Undocumented single mother, arrested while selling tamales, faces deportation

Filed under: California, Health — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:53 am

You can read all about the “tamale lady” who was arrested on June 28th, for trespassing, in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store in Sacramento, CA here.

I first learned of this tragic story when I read it in the Sacramento Bee newspaper. The woman has been on her own since she broke up with her “common law” husband four years ago, according the the Bee.

For two years, this undocumented immigrant has been eking out a living by selling her authentic Mexican “chicken, pork and chilli cheese” tamales.  On a “good day,” according to the Sacramento Bee, she was making $15 dollars profit on the sale of 50 tamales.  On this small income, she has been feeding her two children, paying her rent, and maintaining a 1996 vehicle.  Of course, she doesn’t pay taxes, but how in the world does she support herself and her children on $15 per day?

After she was arrested for trespassing, and kept in jail for 12 days because she had no money for bail, it was learned that she was undocumented.  Now she faces deportation as an “illegal alien.” Her two children are American citizens because they were born here.

I predict that this woman will not be deported.  No, she is now on her way to fame and fortune.  Obama himself will very likely step in and save her.

I have eaten a few tamales in my day.  A Mexican-American citizen in my neighborhood used to make them and hand them out as Christmas gifts every year.

First of all, the tamale lady is badly in need of some marketing advice, which I predict will soon be forth coming.  $1.00 for a tamale made by a Mexican from an authentic Mexican recipe?  No way, Jose!  She should be selling her tamales for at least $3.00. I would seriously suggest that she sell them for $5.00 each.

I would not buy a tamale for $1.00 from a make-shift stand in a parking lot, but I would buy a $5.00 tamale from a food van (aka a “roach coach”).  Food vans are popular, even in England, according to an article which you can read here.

America is a country of immigrants.  Everyone here is either an immigrant, or descended from an immigrant.  Many of the immigrants were sent here against their will.  For example, people from Africa were bought here against their will and sold as slaves.  People from Ireland were put on “coffin ships” by the British and brought to America against their will during the so-called “famine” in Ireland.  Men from the German state of Hesse were sold to the British who sent them to America against their will to fight as soldiers in the American Revolution.

There are many Americans who favor open borders in America.  Let anyone come here, at any time, no need for citizenship papers.  If America had had open borders between 1933 and 1945, all the Jews in Europe could have come to America and there would have been no Holocaust.

The tamale lady has been in America for 16 years, according to the Bee.  Yet, she still needed help from her children when the police arrived because she can’t speak English.  Why should she?  There are enough people who speak Spanish in California that there is no need to learn English.

1 Comment

  1. That’s a very interesting way of putting it.

    I don’t think people would mind if they could pay for their own like healthcare which they most likely can’t. And let’s get clear about the immigration debate these days. What they really mean is poor Mexicans. But perhaps it balances out a bit. They get stiffed on wages so maybe that balances out other potential costs like healthcare, but let’s not forget that in the end we all have to pay some form of tax like sales tax and also general consumption of goods.

    Another thing is race. Generally people against immigration are white people that don’t want dirty colored people coming into their neighborhood. You think they mind if a white Italian immigrant came instead? Of course not.

    I share your sentiments about American being the land of immigrants, but I don’t think open borders is the answer. Then all countries should have open borders because in my idealist view it’s ridiculous to have borders on the same planet. Rather the root cause should be addressed and that’s Mexico being a dump. That’s why all those Mexicans want to immigrate and have a better life. Those beauty pageants all like to say it a lot, but it’s true. Poverty does need to be eliminated. It’s the root cause for so much strife and crime.

    Comment by Kageki — July 21, 2012 @ 1:49 am


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