Thanks, America! Now Can I Have A Free Bus Ticket?


From the Metro West Daily News:

A Framingham man who told police he can’t afford to return to his native Guatemala, turned himself in Saturday on identity theft charges so he could eventually be deported, police said.

Carlos F. Boc, 29, told officers he had no job or money and was worried about surviving the winter, police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany said.

Just after 8:30 Saturday night, Boc went to the front window at the Framingham Police station and spoke to Officer Joe Godino.

"He said he needed help in returning to his home country," Shastany said.

Boc then showed documents, including a birth certificate and a Social Security number of another man, as well as a driver’s license with his picture but the other man’s information. Boc said he had stolen his former roommate’s identification after the man moved back to Puerto Rico two years ago, Shastany said.

Boc also provided proof of his real name. Boc told police he came to the United States from Guatemala 13 years ago, but could not afford to return. Illegal immigrants convicted of a felony are subject to deportation. He entered this country illegally through Mexico, police said.

"He said he had no job and no money, and he was afraid for his safety in the winter," said Shastany. "He said the only way to get home was to tell the truth and prove who he was. Godino told him ‘Due to what you just advised me, you committed a crime.’ Boc said, ‘I know."’

Boc, who lists his address at 107 Second St., was charged with identity fraud, forgery and uttering, police said.

Boc had an automatic plea of not guilty entered on his behalf yesterday in Framingham District Court. He was ordered held on $200 bail. He is due back in court on Oct. 13 for a pretrial conference.

I love the fact that the guy was released, and the cops are going to rely on him to show up for his own prosecution.  If this story is accurate, it will be one of the rare times that strategy worked. (Ask the dad in Raynham whose 4-year-old was fondled by a crimmigrant perv who the cops let go back to Guatemala.)

For 13 years he’s stolen jobs from Americans; committed tax and identity fraud; benefited from roads, schools and medical services he could never get in his home country; and enjoyed liberty and opportunity he and his family have done nothing to secure.

Now, he wants America to give him a free trip home.  Which is actually a better deal for us than the one President Obama wants to give him.  President Obama and Gov. Patrick want to reward Boc for his 13 years of criminality with the gift of legal residence, then American citizenship and a lifetime of taxpayer-funded benefits.

The best we can do is take the deal. 

Michael Graham
Radio talk show host, columnist for the Boston Herald, stand-up comic and former GOP political consultant. Learn more about Michael here.

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