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Published: Sunday, Aug. 19 2012 2:00 p.m. MDT

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As the saying goes, "One door closes, another one opens". Seems the Correa family has a great gift for stained glass that is appreciated in many places throughout the world. Keep up the great work.

Las Vegas, NV

Great story! Those who work hard will always find new doors open regardless of their circumstances. Folks like these are those that fully appreciate America and what it stands for, unlike the Occupy whiners that want the government provide for them...

provo, Utah

Too bad they had to leave. Hopefully the future is bright and they can return if they want to.

Ontario, OR

People who immigrated (or had family members immigrate) before 9/11; many people who immigrated from countries other than in Latin America; people who haven't lived as children in fear of being sent "back" to a foreign country -- all have no idea what it is like for families like this one. There are some of us, Mr. Romboy, who appreciate the reminder that deportation of such families is a shame. Thank you!

Clearfield, UT

Janet. I agree. We as a country are obsessed with deportation people. Many are law abiding people who have much to offer. I support the LDS church and their call to bring humanity back to the immigration debate. I salute the family for not giving up despite hardships.

Florissant, MO

I am glad to hear the positives that this family has experienced. I know that it was awful to go through that, but the refiners fire has helped them to grow and to expand. They wonder about what would it had been like if Obama would have done his amnesty before that, they would not have grown and discovered depth and strength from this experience. Trials are our gifts to help us to grow.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

While this is a god reminder of the hardships for a family, let us remember that the plight of the family is the direct result of their failure to obey the laws, which they clearly understood.

I would welcome them back to the U.S. if they choose to enter legally and obey our laws. If not, then they will certainly thrive in Chile, which is a fine country, and their lives will be the better for having had the chance to live in the U.S. for at least a few years.

Legal immigrants are always welcome. Those who break our laws need to accept that there are (or at least should be) consequences for their choices.

La Mesa, CA

"We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law."

Has this principle been suspended for people who come into the United States illegally??

Henderson, NV

I see the Correa family as no different than my own. My husband and I were both born and raised in Chicago, which is where most of our family resides today. Due to a job loss, we chose to move away from there to take a job in a small city along the Mississippi. It was idyllic and we would have loved to have raised our children there. But due to the sale of the new company we chose to make another move, this time across the nation to a western state; and to another awesome city where my children ended up growing up, graduating high school and launching from.

I often tell people that these moves have been the best thing that ever happened to our family. They broadened our perspectives and our horizons.

I am always shocked by people who think that it is their “right” to remain in whatever place they currently reside, and that they are somehow entitled to a good job and a good life there. Folks, follow the opportunities and you'll find new ones appear!

West Valley City, Utah

Our entire political system has failed to provide us with a intelligent and proper immigration system. One that fails to distinguish between those who would be a great benefit to our society and those who would bring criminal and otherwise negative behavior here. It is an unfortunate lack of leadership that has harmed our country.

Salt Lake City, UT

I am relieved to see that apparently, these people have more respect for Chile's immigration laws than they did for the U.S.'s.

This story also goes to show that deportation is not the virtual death sentence that many imply it is -- that many deportees thrive not only temporarily, but spiritually as well since they now are living to a higher standard of legality and of honesty toward and respect for one's fellow man than they were in this country as illegal foreign nationals.

I wish this family continued temporal and spiritual success and happiness in their adopted country of Chile.


Our immigration laws have brought part of those here working. Many have just ignored our laws. How can we complain about our laws, when so many abuse them.

Lasvegaspam has it right. Many citizens of this country have to move every year to provide for their families. Construction workers have had to move and find work in other fields, they can no longer support their families on reduced wages.

There is no reason for people to come here against the law. I'm happy for them, after the earthquake they could have Churches lining up for their work.

Murray, UT

I've always wondered why some people choose to come here legally, and some chose the illegal route. With three and a half million people coming here each year (2010), some on green cards, some on visas, how do people make that decision? Argentina doesn't have a long wait, why overstay a visa? 5 years of expired visas and saying the boss never filed it seems strange. Being deported and not leaving also sounds strange. Papers or no papers they knew they were being deported. Not following up on your status seems strange.

Does it feel better not using someones social security number, or committing perjury by filling out a i-9 form illegally?

I have several families of legal immigrants near me, and one family here illegally. With their son being given temporary amnesty, you would think they won the lottery. The people here legally know they won the real lottery years ago when they chose to come here legally.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Some of these comments are laughable.
How can anyone say our country is harsh and we are obsessed with deportation?
Look at the data folks. A million green cards a year. Free ER and public schools, no questions asked. Rampant employment of illegals (about 4% of the workforce). ONE THIRD of all the foreign-born are here illegally.
We've become a nation of patsies for illegal aliens. They work and live here with little fear of detection and few of those detected are ever deported.
Some "plight."

Allen, TX

"He held a job, paid taxes and never received so much as a traffic ticket."

How do you do that without a Social Security card or a Resident Alien (green) card?

Answer: By using a false (someone else's) social security number. But then, Identity Theft is a crime with a faceless victim, isn't it? Until the victim is YOU.

Brigham City, UT

I'm not a fan of illegal immigration. However, I also realize that enforecement of immigration laws in this country has been crappy (can I say "crappy" on this forum?) for may, many years. The complete lack of enforcement, along with the facilitation of illegal immigration by turning a blind eye for so many years by those who should enforce the law, and by those who had the most to benefit from them being here, has led to the problem we have today.

I find it difficult to lay ALL blame at the feet of those who were not only welcomed, but encouraged to come to America, and oft times misled by unscroupulous "facilitators", including attorneys, employers, government officials, and anyone else that could benefit from their presence here.

Are there many individuals that came knowlingly breaking the law? Absolutely. Are there many, many more that came thinking they were doing what was necessary to be here legally, but in reality weren't because they were misled into thinking they were doing it right? I believe so. Should not the attorneys, business owners, government officials and others that facilitated their entry hold some accountability? I think so.

Brigham City, UT


Should every individual here "illegally" be painted with the exact same brush, (evil, work stealing, deceptive law breakers), and be rounded up and deported without taking any of the past actions of our own country and its supposed law abiding citizenry into account? I don't think so.

Now the tough part. What to do? Remedies have been suggested. Ideas floated. Resolutions provided. Legislation proposed. But there are so many people carrying this "git off my proppity" attitude, that a solid, fair and workable resolution will be tough to come by. Unless we can grow up and look at the issue realistically.

I'm sorry, but its pretty obvious to anyone with a brain what the immediate deportation of 12 million people would do to an already pitiful economy.

I side with DN Subscriber and vote for a viable way to "...welcome them...to the U.S., if they choose to [live here] legally and obey our laws."

My 2 cents worth... (Duck and cover;)

Sandy, UT

Deportation may have very well been a blessing in disguise for this family. The US Government is becoming more incompetent, corrupt, immoral and hypocritical every day. Instead of rewarding hard work, they levy ridiculous and complicated taxes and regulations on honest hard working individuals and small businesses in order to pay off special interests keeping them in power. Immigration laws and enforcement are a debauchery, allowing some to stay on a whim or a bribe or because it fulfills a political need at that particular instant, while others are deported because they weren't so fortunate to have a corrupt politician or judge working their case. If I was Senor Correa, I'd say good riddance. If I were him, I'd find a country where the legal system actually rewards hard work, innovation and entrepreneurship. America is quickly proving to not be such a place. On the other look into Singapore, Taiwan or maybe even Hong Kong. Low taxes, low regulations and they actually welcome hard working individuals and businesses from other countries.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

These are the kinds of people we are deporting?? Skilled workers who work hard, pay taxes, contribute and make their communities better? No wonder Chile is growing and the US is decaying.

Of course Chile wants this family. We should want this family.

To the DesNews: thanks for following up on this family. But I'm not surprised they landed on their feet. Hard workers with some vision and faith can generally make it wherever they land.

Orem, UT

Ned Grimley got it right. You folks who see thing as black and white, my way or the highway, would, in my humble opinion, be better to direct your energy toward fixing our really stupid immigration laws and even worse enforcement. The biggest reason good folks come here legally is because they are deperate, for one reason or another (for work, food, safety, etc,) and they can't afford the money or the time required to get here legally. Why do we make it so easy for the bad guys (I mean real bad guys) to get here and so hard for the good guys??? Why not welcome hard working folks, of good moral character, to our country...as other countries do???? and those of you quoting articles of faith, keep doing so, but only if your conscience can tell you tha you are 100% compliant yourself. Get over your self-righteousness and join in the effort to reform our ridiculous, embarrassing immigration laws and enforcement.

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