Sunday, April 23, 2017

Americans Damaged by Deportation

Reading the Long Beach Press Telegram today, I happened upon an article entitled "Undocumented immigrants make plans for their children in case of deportation."  It's worth a look.  I was struck by the story of David Torres, an American citizen whose stepfather was deported to Mexico when he was 11.  This was but the first in a series of very unfortunate events for Mr. Torres.  His mother brought him to Mexico to reunite the family, where he was unable to participate effectively in school because he didn't understand Spanish.  Instead of school, he spent his time working the fields, living in substandard housing and being victimized by thieves.  He returned to the U.S. at age 15 by himself and and ended up in foster care.  When he aged out of foster care at 18, he became homeless.  He developed a drug problem and had his child taken away by the state.  Today, at age 24, he's still homeless.

That's a pretty terrible story.  One of the greatest ironies is that Mr. Torres is an American, and was never himself deported.  This is the indirect impact of his stepfather being deported.  We need a sane immigration policy in this country very badly, by which I mean a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million or so undocumented people already living here.  It really makes you wonder how many of our society's problems are self-inflicted based on racism and ignorance.

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