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July 24, 2006

American-born children shouldn't be deported

There is an article in the Christian Science Monitor by Noreen M. Sugrue who is a faculty member in the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, dated 7/17/06.

Immigration reform must ensure that the best interest of American children determines the fate of their undocumented parents.

As the US government urgently seeks a unified policy to deal with illegal immigrants, law-enforcement officials seem to be paying more attention to enforcing current laws.

In June 2006, for example, more than 2,400 undocumented workers from across the country were seized. They are currently awaiting deportation hearings.

Their legal status in this country is one thing. But the status of their children is another. The overwhelming majority of those arrested in June are parents of American citizens - children born in the US - and the majority of those children are under the age of 10. These children are US citizens; they're no different from my child or the children of most of you. But because of the possible deportations of their parents, these children will probably be deported, too, if they want to stay with their parents.

If they find a way to stay, they will become policy orphans; that is, citizens with no parents in the US to care for them and no place to live except foster care or in the home of some generous community members.

at www.csmonitor.com

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 24, 2006 05:41 AM

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