Re 2: Marisol’s Odds Go Down
I’m going to offer a quasi-correction here, to prevent Anchor Rising from propagating any misunderstandings created by Karen Lee Ziner‘s confusing reporting in today’s Projo of the story of Mynor Montifar, Carmen Marrero and their daughter Marisol.
Puerto Rico is part of the United States. That means…
- Saying that “Carmen Marrero is here legally from Puerto Rico”, as Ms. Ziner does in her Projo story, makes as much sense as saying that “Allison Alexander is here legally from Ohio” or “Matt Jerzyk is here legally from Kentucky”, unless Ms. Ziner intends to imply that Ms. Marrero legally immigrated to Puerto Rico from someplace else.
- If being “here from Puerto Rico” does mean what it most directly denotes — that Carmen Marrero is an American citizen from Puerto Rico — then Marisol is also an American citizen, as the daughter of an American citizen. (UPDATE: Correction to my correction: Marisol would also have been an American citizen by virtue of having been born within the US, no matter the nationality of her parents.)
- Also, if Carmen Marrero is indeed an American citizen who was born in Puerto Rico, it means that Mynor Montufar, Marisol’s father,
could have become an American citizen by simply marrying the mother of his childcan become eligible to become a permanent resident by marrying the mother of his child, which illustrates the core dilemma of illegal immigration in a very direct and sad way: People who don’t want to take on any of the most basic responsibilities of society (like marrying before having children) expect to be given the full rights of those who do (“How dare you separate me from my family, even if it is a family I could never be bothered to acknowledge in the eyes of civil society or any church”.)