Mario Hernandez has "deep roots" in the US. He was a child who came over from Cuba in the mid '60s. He is not an illegal because of the unique immigration story of Cubans in America, and as a Cuban, he is also part of a high achieving immigrant group compared to other Hispanics. The Times is using him as a symbol though with a follow up on his ordeal, including his patriotic zeal in voting in elections since 1976 despite not being a citizen. In their rush to use a symbolic immigrant in limbo who is a perfect angel, we see how broken our government is. He gets jobs with government agencies. He registers to vote in multiple states. He is employed in multiple jobs. No one catches on that he is not a citizen. This Mario is the symbol of a system desperately needing reform, and reform in the progressive manner. It will not be for more strict enforcement, because Mario is a perfect example of innocent illegal immigrants. Pay no attention to the thousands of criminal immigrants the government releases back on the streets.
Our system is not intended to catch everything. It is meant to hoover in more immigrants to eventually birth kids that will automatically be citizens and potential Democrats. At the least, they will be cheap labor and demand for social services at churches. Mr. Hernandez did live a spotless life: no criminal past, worked all his life, married, raised son who served in the military and just wanted to take a cruise in retirement. He is not a symbol for the illegal experience, but for the Cuban-American experience. The horrible sham of using Mr. Hernandez as a symbol for the plight of illegal immigrants that should cause reform is that he is the exception. The other Mr. Hernandezs in the US are more likely creating billboards for the Mexican drug cartels warning Texas police officers of death fi they do not take bribes. Sailer sees what the Times misses in the Mexican tattoo shops that mimic the cartel veneration of Santa Muerte. If we do reform immigration, it will be per the Times and their cronies wishes. There will be no efficiencies and tracking improvements to help a case like Mario Hernandez, because for every spotless record Mario it will help reward, it would find ten tattooed Marios to deport.