by John Hill
Stand With Arizona
Illegal alien Jose Antonio Cua-Toc won $750,000 in the Georgia lottery. Fearing that he would be busted as an illegal under Georgia’s new immigration enforcement law, Cau-Toc claims he gave the ticket to his boss, Erick Cervantes to cash for him.
Cervantes then did cash it in – and kept it. So Cua-Toc got angry. Very angry:
Police say Jose Antonio Cua-Toc threatened his boss, Erick Cervantes, and his wife, calling them repeatedly and saying he would “kill each of them and their children if they did not give him some of the lottery winnings…”
So Cervantes called police, and the Guatemalan national was arrested, and now faces deportation. MSNBC covered the story:
There is no side to root for in this story. The illegal should be deported, of course. But – if Cua-Toc’s claims are true – his boss knowingly hired an illegal alien and then stole from him. Too bad we can’t deport them both!
But the good news from all this is the impact that a state-based enforcement law had in this case. Cua-Toc’s lawyer said that Georgia’s H.B. 87 is what prevented him from cashing the ticket himself. But ironically, the Georgia Lottery requires only that a winner show ID and provide a signature. Lottery officials say they don’t verify immigration status. In addition, the provision of H.B. 87 that lets police check immigration status was actually blocked by a Federal judge pending trial.
So Cua-Toc could have easily cashed the ticket with no problem. But Georgia’s tough law made him afraid to do it – and that’s the point. Despite Arizona’s S.B. 1070 being mostly blocked by a Federal judge, a whopping 100,000 illegals have already fled the state. And reports of thousands of illegals fleeing Georgia and Alabama have been reported as well.
Arizona-style immigration enforcement laws WORK – even when muted by liberal judges. When illegals fear enforcement, they flee. And the more states that pass AZ-style laws, the fewer illegals will come or remain here, and the more jobs and less crime for Americans. That is why Stand With Arizona and our activists are pushing to enact them in 22 more states this fall.
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