News of the Weird: Illegal immigrant used Xbox Live records to prove residency

  • Article by: CHUCK SHEPHERD
  • April 19, 2013 - 12:51 PM

Undocumented immigrant Jose Munoz, 25, believed himself an ideal candidate for President Obama’s 2012 safe-harbor initiative because he had been brought to the United States by his undocumented parents before age 16, had no criminal record and had graduated from high school (with honors). Since then, however, he had remained at home in Sheboygan, Wis., assisting his family, doing odd jobs and, admittedly, just playing video games and “vegging.”

Living “in the shadows,” he found it almost impossible to prove the final legal criterion: that he had lived continuously in the United States since graduation. After initial failures to convince immigration officials, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in March, Munoz’s lawyer succeeded — by submitting Munoz’s Xbox Live records, documenting that his computer’s Wisconsin location had been accessing video games, day after day, for years.

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Some Third Worlders eat dirt because they are mentally ill or have no meaningful food. But diners at Tokyo’s upscale Ne Quittez Pas eat it because it is a trendy dish prepared by prominent chef Toshio Tanabe. Among his courses are soil soup served with a flake of dirty truffle, soil sorbet and the “soil surprise,” a dirt-covered potato ball. (Spoiler alert: It has a truffle center.) Tanabe lightly precooks his dirt and runs it through a sieve to eliminate the crunchiness.

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