Letters to the Editor

Villicana-Campos isn’t the story

I read with great interest the front page story in the Oct. 15 issue of the Whidbey News-Times entitled “Mom seeks mercy for husband.” So, to make sure I have my facts straight, at the age of 14, Jaime Villicana-Campos enters the U.S. illegally, then in 1997 gets arrested and convicted of felony cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking, serves two years in prison and is deported back to Mexico, then re-enters the U.S. illegally again.

He marries a U.S. citizen, has five children, is arrested for illegally re-entering the U.S. after deportation and pleads guilty to that felony charge and is now awaiting his sentence. So where is the story?

Sounds to me that the feds got this one right. The question should be, how can a convicted felon who is an illegal alien be working two jobs and supposedly “paying taxes” fly under the radar for so long? The last time I checked, in order to legally hold a job here in the U.S. you had to have a valid and verified Social Security number issued by the federal government or at least a valid work visa, none of which Mr. Villicana-Campos would have had. So the real front page story should be an investigation into the horse farm and senior mobile home park that Mr. Villicana-Campos allegedly worked for.

Scott Wernecke

Oak Harbor


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