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He does more for the community than I do, and I was born here! says Becky Wise, the Bed-Stuy messenger and close friend who collected Pablos bike, which shes now babysitting. Could I give up my citizenship and get deported somewhere so that he can stay?
Ziiggie is particularly devastated by Pablos absence. I miss him so much I cant stand it, he croaks. He even has a FREE PABLO sticker on his guitar. Whats happening to Pablo, it makes no sense. Its so wrong. Its just so totally illogical and irrational. You cant send a cat back to a country he dont know nothing about! He cant even speak the fucking language! What the fuck are they doing?
Whatever they are doing, here are Pablos two most viable options to handle it: He can fight to get his original sentence amended to less than a yearwith all the money raised, his friends have been able to hire New York immigration lawyer Stan Weber, who explains this is Pablos best bet. He can also, at any single moment, surrender, sign the paperwork, and return to a country where he hasnt been in 20 years, doesnt know anyone, and doesnt speak the language. He says he has definitely considered that last option many times. But hearing about everything thats going on the outside, he has resigned himself to the possibility that theres something greater at stake here.
Honestly, at this point, even with my friends trying as hard as they can, if I get deported, least a lot of people will understand that this is happening all over the place, he explained during our first phone conversation, back in November. Not just people out in Arizona or people hopping a fence down from Mexico. Its happening to them as wellwrongfully so, in many cases. But its happening all over, even on your block.