Home of the free, but apparently not for all

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 3, 2007

To the Editor:

Pedro Zapeta, an illegal immigrant, from Guatemalia didn’t know he had to fill out a form declaring money he earned to US customs, before returning home. Eleven years he worked to save that money.

It’s a good thing he had pay stubs because officials tried to accuse him of being a drug dealer.

Customs seized HIS money. I call it, they STOLE his money.

We should be outraged over this. It could of happened to anyone.

Prosecutors wanted to make a deal; take $10,000, leave the county and don’t talk with the media. Is that a form of bribery? Doesn’t sound like justice to me, it sounds like someone wants to keep the cash.

This happened two years ago. Mr. Zapeta still doesn’t have his money.

A friend of mine wanted to buy a car last year. He had enough money to make a HUGE down payment in cash. I advised him not to take cash because he would be reported and accused of being a drug dealer. He wasn’t aware of that. Can you imagine what injustice would of taken place if he had taken cash?

America, home of the free; maybe to some, but sadly, not all.

Juanita Richards