Texas Lawmaker Becomes The Face Of Illegal Immigration

June 3, 2011 12:09 pm 9 comments

On May 9th 2011, Texas State Representative Ana Hernandez Luna stood before the State House and told the world her illegal immigration story in an attempt to protest the “sanctuary city” bill and to put a human face on the illegal immigration issue.

Liberal media and pro-illegal immigration websites championed Representative Hernandez Luna as a hero among the “undocumented”. The Houston Chronicle detailed her story of traveling to the United States as an infant.

Hernandez Luna said her parents packed up a single suitcase and brought her to Houston from Reynosa, Mexico, as an infant, along with her 4-year-old sister. They shared a brick duplex on Alamo Street, just outside downtown Houston, with her father’s cousin. They overstayed their visitor’s visas, and lived undocumented for eight years.

State Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna is certainly a success story. She graduated high school at the age of 16, put herself through college, interned at the Capital, went to law school, and at the young age of 27 became a Texas State Representative.

Fortunately, she didn’t make a conscious decision to break our nation’s immigration laws – her parents did. She was brought the US as an infant when they chose to break the law and bring years of childhood fear into her life. Hernandez Luna remembers fearing as a little girl that her mother would be picked up by immigration agents staking out the local Fiesta grocery store, or that her father would not come home after one of his overnight warehouse shifts.

Not all immigrant families agree that Representative Ana Hernandez Luna should be the “face of immigration”. Houston City Council candidate Elizabeth Perez offer a very different perspective in her comments about Hernandez Luna’s story.

As touching as her story may be, her parents committed an illegal action by over staying their visit.  My parents arrived in the US with immigrant visas to avoid having to deal with the fear of deportation and so that their kids, my siblings and myself, wouldn’t have to deal with “the fear” that Hernandez Luna speaks of.  If you have done nothing wrong, you have no fear of your actions.  Her story does NOT justify or exempt her parents decision to remain in the US illegally.

Hernandez Luna’s speech is being used to not only blur the lines between immigration and illegal immigration, but to make people believe that illegal immigration doesn’t exist. The new path to the American Dream is to ignore the current laws completely. In fact, this tactic is working so well that most articles written about this story dropped the words “illegal immigration” completely, and just refer to her as the new face of “immigration”. These days, anyone that acknowledges the vast difference between immigration and Illegal immigration, are quickly referred to as racists.

Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle, a strong proponent of border control and enforcing immigration laws, made a few kind comments about Hernandez Luna’s statements.

“She’s a real sweet gal,” said State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball. “I admire the difficulties that she has overcome, but I still stand strong that we have got to protect our borders. We need to enforce our laws. She’s been given a gift from God.”

The Houston Chronicle stated that Ana Hernandez Luna “bristled” at Representative Riddle’s comments and replied:

“I haven’t been given anything. My parents and I have worked very hard for everything I have been able to achieve and accomplish.”

Upon reading this statement by Hernandez Luna, Elizabeth Perez commented:

Ms. Hernandez’s statement: “I wasn’t given anything” is strongly mistaken.  In fact, she was given something – by a Republican president.  She and her family were given a pardon.  Had it not been for President Reagan’s humanitarian beliefs, she would not be a state legislator today.


  • Yvette Hutcheson

    Personally, Illegal Immigration takes away from those who Immigrated legally and those who are US Citizens through their parents who had to go thru the rigorus tests to become citizens. It takes away from those who need a excellent education, it takes away from those that need Excellent benefits too. It takes away from those that really need a job to put food on their tables every day. An Illegal immigrant should go thru the proper channels of leaving their country to come to ours or anyone else’s country.

  • Just putting a smile on the face of thuggery.

  • Speedy Gringo

    Fix your country before immigrating stand up for yourself. war is inevitable during times like these .

  • Did this article say that she is an illegal alien? If she is an illegal alien, when is she being deported? Or is she bunking with Aunti Zuniga?

  • No Oregon, her family gained citizenship after 8 years of living in the U.S. Illegally.

  • They might have gained amnesty in 1986 when all illegal aliens were given a free pass.

  • vonnise cobb

    I am very much against illegal aliens that are invading our country. Almost every post I read is against illegal aliens invading our country….so why is it then that we keep going to the polls and electing scum bags that support illegals? Like John McCain, Harry Reed, Nancy Peloci, Lindsy Graham, Obama.
    Could it be that people that are posting are not showing up at the polls to vote?

  • Brittanicus


    AMNESTY or as the Pro-illegal immigration groups prefer to label it–Immigration Reform. The truth is not ever going to happen? The 1986 IRCA was a utter calamity and costly for taxpayers. The 1986 (IRCA) Immigration Control and Reform Act that was a mass amnesty, which became the prime deception, played on the American taxpayer of all time. Because of despicably fraud and supreme neglect, the 2 million farmer’s laborers and other illegal workers who were provided a legal course to citizenship, that ultimately turned into 6 million. Even inexplicable those people, who received this pardon, vanished from their usual places of employment and turned up in the job force around the country that Americans citizens had to compete with. Future wise, Congress proposed the I-9 Form (Employment Eligibility Verification Form.) to ensure that all employees presented documentary proof of their legal eligibility, to accept employment in the United States. If the employee has a hiring issue, and chooses to contest an irregularity notice, the employer prints out the “Referral Letter” from the E-Verify program.

    The letter contains information about resolving the problem, as well as the contact information for the (SSA) Social security Administration) or (USCIS) US Citizenship and Immigration Service, depending on which bureau was the source of the non-authorization to resolve the problem? As constantly the open border zealots, US Chamber of Commerce, ACLU and a radical mix of anti American organizations, have used the Liberal Press as a fulcrum to regrettably try to suppress the implementation of E-Verify. Are we not in the poorhouse with China, as it is? But this is no firm binder, because millions more people will strive to reach here, before that ominous Using the media these groups have also brought pressure on the administration not to espouse the Secure Communities law, which identifies criminal aliens through fingerprints by informing ICE. Then Subsequently E-Verify that is increasingly more popular each day by business owners. They are now cautiously aware that an I-9 audit puts their business license in jeopardy, as upheld by the Supreme Court.


    As with the 1986 (IRCA) bill those who advocate against the laws are profiteers for more wealth, or to accumulate more votes or just to prepare America (according to the WikiLeaks group founder Julian Assange in secret documents) for merging with some kind of traitorous program, with Canada and Mexico with one currency. This stealth agenda was collusion between the Canadian and American Ambassadors.

    The other side of the aisle on the corrupt Washington beltway, says we cannot afford to enforce immigration laws? Then my question we had better figure someway, for as the law stands we are just encouraging more illegal newcomers? So the second question, when does this invasion end, when does the lawmakers install laws, that make it impossible to stop this travesty? Are we just going to leave the doors open and hope for the best? All we are encouraging is even more poverty and distressed people, that taxpayers have to bear the full fiscal impact? Ten years from now, population numbers will be skyrocketing and the only winners are the profit-takers.

    Whether we are coming out this miserable recession or not, we cannot afford any immigration amnesty. The first Amnesty in 1986 Ronald Reagan’s term of office, cost–$76 BILLION DOLLARS–by the time it was fulfilled. In today money it’s expected to cost $2.6 TRILLION DOLLARS as stated the Heritage Foundation. So taxpayers would be expected to cover that bill, lending most of it from China again? Are we not in the poorhouse with China, as it is? But this is no firm binder, because millions more people will strive to reach here, before that ominous inauguration day of a new Immigration Reform bill. If Congress is unable to cut spending in this recent of 14 .5 Trillion dollars US Treasury deficit, can anybody in the right frame of mind, tell us where we intend to get another $2.5 trillion dollars, to subsidize those illegal immigrants already living here? These dollars are inconceivable and even if there was another. It’s outrageous that Washington politicians would expect to bleed even more money from traumatic Taxpayers, when we are confronted by rejuvenating two nations abroad, in millions of dollars a day.

    Amnesty, it will only further multitudes of people to come here? Washington legislators come and go, author bills, but are never held accountable for the financial wrecks they leave behind? Only Secure Communities, E-Verify can mitigate some of the pressure that will make foreign nationals think twice before crossing the border, or entering America by other means. This isn’t about any particular race, a person’s politics, religion as we are all suffering. It’s not even about the legal Hispanic population, as they are under the same pain of finding a job, stagnant wages and some type of exploitation. We are all the same boat and without stringent restrictions on immigration and its costs, that boat is heading towards rough waters and could easily sink. The TEA PARTY will slow down this process by confronting Washington aggressively on birthright citizenship to rescind it, which will sever the bond of 300.000 babies from foreign nation getting instant citizenship; cutting down on the annual monolithic cost to subsidize these offspring and families.

    It will also bring to a halt, which it attributed to this wrongly conferred law, saving taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars a year? The TEA PARTY will examine these unfair taxes placed on Americans, by Liberal oriented courts, to appoint obligations to educate, provide health care that comes with the never ending tide of illegal aliens skirting our laws. The TEA PARTY will created bills to up the penalty, for entering America as a felony. This should have been the law of the land, decades ago? Personally, it has always translated to prove there was no serious intention to enforce these laws. It’s in the vein of a conspirator’s reason, why the Southern border fences completion remains a fiasco. The Tea Party will enforce the 1986 (IRCA) law as was planned, with no complicity of government agencies to stifle those laws, such as the business influence.

    The TEA PARTY in 2012 will remove the Liberal influence and even have the empowerment to construct the real border fence, and mandating with no exemptions E-Verify and Secure Communities and indefinitely remove Sanctuary Cities nationwide. As the Tea Party grows against the powerful influences in Washington, these Representatives like TEA PARTY Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota will retire those pro-illegal immigrant politicians, Governors, mayors and all those who have adversely affected strong laws that have been introduced. The American People should not be forced by law, to pay for the impoverished people that trespass into America from other countries.

    We can aid our fellow legal workers out, by taking immigration one step towards generic “Citizens Arrest. We cannot apprehend a suspicious individual, as it could lead to legal action. But we have the opportunity to join other “Whistle blowers” to inform ICE or local police as irregularities stand out. Not speaking reasonable English is a dead give-away, specifically in factory environment and if somebody has an accident through not comprehending a warning notice.

    The time is ripe to contact their federal and State Representatives to insist they enact mandatory E-Verify, Secure Communities for every State, at the Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121.

  • I can’t help but wonder if her father pimped her out for his beer money when she was growing up? With her looks, she could have made a few bucks, even in today’s market. I’m watching 16 year old girls being pimped out by their families while daddy sits in his garage drinking beer with his buddies. The dope runs like a river through my neighborhood, not because anyone here is buying it, but because we are a shortcut to avoid the police between a Hispanic apartment complex and a Hispanic beer joint. Sanctuary cities… you betcha! Try Juarez, Monterey, and Mexico City because they’ll fit right in. Just get this bottom-feeding scum out of my city and out of my country.

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