Friday, January 26, 2007

No Just Cause for Contest Here

Illegal aliens are suing those who award prizes if they don't -- illegally -- get a prize. At New Year's, Toys R Us offered a $25,000 prize to the parents of the first baby born in the New Year. Eligibility rules stipulated that the mother must be a citizen or legal resident. The first child born in 2007 was to an illegal alien from China. The mother squawked that she should get the prize. Toys R Us wound up issuing 3 of the $25,000 checks: two to illegal-alien mothers and one to a citizen.

Now Maribel Nava Alvarez is suing a Chicago radio station for a Corvette. She says the only requirement was that the winner be present at the drawing. [Chicago Sun-Times; Yahoo! News]

She's wrong. Federal law requires that winners of any raffle, prize, drawing, lottery, etc. be a citizen or legal resident, have a valid Social Security Number, and they are liable for the taxes due on the value of the prize. In fact, for large or valuable prizes, they often have to pay have to pay the taxes up front. Lotteries routinely pay out state and federal taxes before the winner sees a cent; the winner's SSN is verified and the taxes paid. No valid SSN, no eligibility, no prize.

Toys R Us apparently got around the requirements by giving their prizes in the names of new babies, although of course, the parent actually gets control of the funds, and the baby born to the Chinese woman has the right to Chinese citizenship. The radio station has no such "loophole."

Maribel claims, that for fear of being turned over to ICE, she has had to move from the Chicago area with her two children, and cut off contact with her family. But she has hired an attorney and is suing the radio station.

1. The judge should require her to post bond in the amount of state and federal income taxes to be paid before he hears the case. If she were to get this prize, she would have to pay taxes on it. If she cannot (or will not) pay taxes, she she should be forced to drop her suit.

2. The radio station should fight. The are merely obeying the law; Maribel is not.

3. ICE needs to find this woman and deport her. But before they ship her out, they should collect all the state and federal income taxes she obviously has never paid in her years of living and working here illegally. Without an SSN, she could not file her taxes, therefore, she obviously has not paid them!

Maribel, the Chinese mother, and others like them just add more proof that so many illegal aliens are simply leeches, out to suck up something for nothing. They not only believe that they are above immigration laws, but that no other laws apply to them, either.

Our laws relating to illegal immigration need to be more stringently enforced. There is no just cause for Maribel, or others like her, to contest the judges' decisions in awarding prizes. They are not legally entitled to receive such prizes, whether the contest rules spell it out or not: it's the law.

One of our founding principles was "No one is above the law." If we do not prosecute these lawbreakers, we merely confirm that our laws only apply to some (i.e. citizens), and not others. It's a slap in the face of our country's founders and every law-abiding citizen who subscribes to those principles. The principle has value, and needs to be upheld or the United States of America and the ideals which established it are dead.

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