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Another Long Day in the Land of the Free

This was already all over the blogs by the time I got up this morning, and Greg Freeman (that's what you think) comments on another post about this bit of news. For 11 years, Pedro Zapeta, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, lived his version of the American dream in Stuart, Florida: washing dishes and living frugally to bring money back to his home country. Two years ago, Zapeta was ready to return to Guatemala, so he carried a duffel bag filled with $59,000 -- all the cash he had scrimped and saved over the years -- to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Nope; the mariachi band was not in attendance that day. No teary but joyful send off for a guy who'd worked hard and achieved something in 11 years that few do in an entire lifetime: saved the equivalent of five year's pay, all together in one spot: a real American Dream for someone of his background. And yep; the federal government stole every last penny of it. And two years later, he hasn't seen a penny, though the Feds did offer to "settle" with him by giving him back a fifth of what's his, $10,000. But, you know;...

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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