Sunday, February 15, 2009
100-Thousand With Children Who Are U.S. Citizens Deported
The other day we discussed on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com the housing of women and children in an immigrant detention facility outside of Austin, TX.
Now comes word that some 100,000 illegal immigrants who have children who are U.S. citizens have been deported to their home countries over a 10-year period.
In some cases the deportees were convicted criminals. Some may have had more than one child who is a U.S. citizen. And there's a chance that some deportees with children who are U.S. citizens were not included in this count.
The Homeland Security Department says some of the deportees took their children with them. But some of them left their children behind in the United States.
Those who are in this country illegally and who commit criminal acts should, of course, be sent back to their home countries after serving time for the crime they committed. But what about those who have children who were born in the United States but were sent back only because they were undocumented immigrants? Given the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States, and given proposals by both the Republicans and the Democrats to grant some kind of amnesty, shouldn't those who have children who are U.S. citizens be fast-tracked to citizenship?
These families are faced with two prospects. Either go back to their home countries with their children who, under the law, should enjoy all the rights, responsibilities and privileges of U.S. citizenship. Or divide the families.
Neither option is particularly palatable.
It's unfashionable, now, in a time of high unemployment, to be sympathetic to the plight of illegal aliens. But some kind of special consideration should be given in the case of those who have children who are U.S. citizens.