When are illegals going to learn? We don't treat you like criminals because we hate foreigners or we're afraid of someone coming to pursue the American dream. we treat you like criminals because YOU ARE. i would think the term "illegal alien" was pretty fucking self-explanatory.
For 11 years, Pedro Zapeta, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, lived his version of the American dream in Stuart, Florida: washing dishes and living frugally to bring money back to his home country.
remove "illegal" and we have a genuine good story. Pedro is now someone i applaud and feel good for. Oh but that isn't the case. So much for it being a good story.
Two years ago, Zapeta was ready to return to Guatemala, so he carried a duffel bag filled with $59,000 -- all the cash he had scrimped and saved over the years -- to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
*cue ominous music*
Zapeta, who speaks no English, said he didn't know he was running afoul of U.S. law by failing to declare he was carrying more than $10,000 with him. Anyone entering or leaving the country with more than $10,000 has to fill out a one-page form declaring the money to U.S. customs.
you know what screw the customs law for a second. this guy spent 11 YEARS here and didn't bother learning english? you gotta be fucking kidding me. you wanna play the "national pride" card and say "screw you i'm not learning your language" fine. but do not fucking expect us to cut you any slack when you can't comprende our laws because you can't communicate in OUR language jerkoff.
Officials initially accused Zapeta of being a courier for the drug trade, but they dropped the allegation once he produced pay stubs from restaurants where he had worked.
let's see, hispanic guy who doesn't speak english walking into an airport with 59 Gs in a duffle bag. nope i'm as shocked as you are that any red flags went up. what a bunch of racist bastards.
"They are treating me like a criminal when all I am is a working man," he said.
bad news Pedro. you're BOTH. being a working man does not cancel out the criminal part. sorry.
Zapeta's story became public last year on CNN and in The Palm Beach Post newspaper, prompting well-wishers to give him nearly $10,000 -- money that now sits in a trust.
Robert Gershman, one of Zapeta's attorneys, said federal prosecutors later offered his client a deal: He could take $10,000 of the original cash seized, plus $9,000 in donations as long as he didn't talk publicly and left the country immediately.
Zapeta said, "No." He wanted all his money. He'd earned it, he said.
Now, according to Gershman, the Internal Revenue Service wants access to the donated cash to cover taxes on the donations and on the money Zapeta made as a dishwasher. Zapeta admits he never paid taxes.ok so now we can throw tax evasion on the list. boy you really don't think ANY of our laws apply to you do you Pedro? See this is what i mean. i can understand and respect to degree, someone fighting for a chance to make their lives better. but this whole "fuck you America i'll come do whatever i please how DARE you get in my way with your LAWS and RULES" attitude has got to fucking go. i hope Pedro gets tossed out on his ass.