Judging by the comments and posts folks have written --- apparently thousands of people are completely on Alex's side. They think this appeal by the state attorney general is complete idiocy. The arrest and detention at Dodge was idiotic enough, but now - - - adding insult to injury.
I've thought many times this week of the people of the First Nations, because they are the only ones who can truthfully say they have no immigrant ancestors. All the rest of us don't really have much cause to complain. If an immigrant has committed a violent crime or victimized someone, then, of course, please ---- deport away. (Assuming the perpetrator had a fair trial and was duly convicted.)
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops state: "Due process rights taken away by the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) should be restored."
Allyn Dorr, signatory number 396 -- who just signed today, about an hour ago --- wrote:
- I strongly support Alex Timofeev in his case for a "cancellation of removal" under the Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 ("IIRIRA 96"). I don't believe that pursuing this case against Alex is a good use of taxpayer funds nor is removal consistent with the spirit of IIRIRA 96. My immigrant ancestors landed in Boston in 1674 where I live today. I doubt that our original 13 colonies could have survived had they deported citizens accused of the youthful indiscretions which are being weighed against Alex. As a young man, I lost my father at an early age and over 40 years later, I can say with certainty that losing my father at such a young age took a toll on my late mother as well as my siblings and myself. Alex has paid his debt, stayed out of trouble for 15 years and is trying to be a good parent. The United States needs more citizens like Alex and his children need Alex even more. I CALL UPON ATTORNEY GENERAL J.B. VAN HOLLEN TO PLEASE WITHDRAW HIS OFFICE'S NOTICE OF APPEAL IN CASE NUMBERS 2013 AP 560, 561 and 562. [Emphasis added.]
Thanks so much to Mr. Dorr. That is so eloquent and touching. Not that it's the only touching and beautiful comment. I hope to be able to send each signer a personal message. (It takes me a while to learn these tech skills.)