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How immigration enforcement impacts children & families

What happens to children when their parents are deported? How do these deportations, now more numerous than ever, affect families and the communities in which they live? Deportations break families up and have a wider effect on the community as a whole, not just the individual and the family involved.
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Aug 20, 2012, 2:07 pm
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Why rip families apart?  No need to.  The children should follow the parents and stay together as a family.

If the illegal aliens goal was to work and they did what they could to get here to work, why did they have children?  Did they forget they came here for their self preservation and decided this is a good place to start a family too? 

If they made bad decisions for the children they later had, that isn’t a burden that American society should have to pick up the tab for.  We have enough of our own to deal with.  If family should stick with family, go with mom or dad when they get deported or better yet, go as a group before they get deported.

Aug 20, 2012, 2:16 pm
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Here we go again, trying to garner sympathy by trying to place blame everywhere except where it belongs.

Any border jumper is a disrespectful person, but if they’re involving their children then they’re bad parents, also. I’m not saying that what the kids go through is their fault or deserved, but the blame is not on our country, our system, or our laws….it is on the border jumper parents who brought the kids here to begin with. Let’s start holding them accountable.

Would you let your kid tag along with you while you’re going to rob a liquor store at gunpoint? No? Why not? Could it be because you don’t want to put your kid at risk? Do you not want to involve the kid in your crime? If the kid gets shot by a stray bullet in the holdup, are you going to blame the shopkeeper or are you going to blame the laws against armed robbery? (I know several would blame the latter, but not me).

The only way I would ever support the Dream act or anything similar is if the plan provided for severe consequences for these irresponsible, negligent parents that put their kids in the situation to begin with.

Aug 20, 2012, 2:26 pm
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@Bret Linden

As the Supreme Court has said, being in the country without proper documentation is generally not a crime. Your analogy is more than a bit overheated.

Aug 20, 2012, 3:39 pm
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@Dylan Smith

No, it’s not. Irresponsible parenting is irresponsible parenting. I’m so sick to death of the blame concerning this issue being misplaced.

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