Antonio Diaz Chacon, who has been honored as hero after he had rescued a 6-year-old girl from an alleged kidnapper, acknowledges that he is an undocumented immigrant.
The girl of southwest Albuquerque, who went to a neighbor's house to pick up a package of tostadas on Monday night, was abducted. However, Diaz accidentally witnessed what happened. He got in his truck to chase the van of the kidnapper. He chased until a traffic light and rescued the girl from what could have been a horrible fate eventually.
Because of his bravery, Diaz was hailed as a hero. However, when he faced the media, Diaz was forced to admit his illegal immigration status.
Diaz, 23, who comes from Chihuahua, Mexico, is married to a U.S. citizen Martha and has been living in U.S. for four year, according to his wife.
She said the couple had tried to apply for legal residency. However, they were told to hire an immigration lawyer, which is difficult and expensive.
We put it off because we knew it would be a lot of money, Martha said. They should put the mortgage payments and medical bills first.
And Diaz said, Wednesday, that he's not a hero. He says everybody is calling him a hero, but he feels he is just a normal person who did something for that little girl that anybody could or should have done. His wife told CNN.
But Diaz didn't regret that he had rescued the girl. I'm not worried. Why should I? he said. It's not like I committed a murder or a felony.
Although the couple are fearful about the attention the rescue will draw on Diaz's immigration status, we know that if God put us there at the exact time to be able to save the little girl -- we know that he won't leave us by ourselves. Martha said.
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