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.
“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.