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More evidence that immigration reform can’t wait

If Sarah Ovaska’s story about the absurdity of Time Warner Cable going all Barney Fife on an undocumented woman in Burlington isn’t enough to convince you of the need for real immigration reform in 2013, then check out this new report from the good folks at the Immigration Policy Center.

It’s entitled “Falling through the cracks” and it documents the impact of our nation’s broken immigration system and enhanced deportation policies on millions of innocent kids who find themselves separated (or at risk of becoming separated) from their parents. To quote the report:

“According to the Pew Hispanic Center, approximately 5.5 million children in the United States, including 4.5 million U.S.-born citizens, live in mixed-legal status families with at least one unauthorized parent.These children are at risk of being separated from a parent at any time. Parents facing removal must frequently make the decision whether to take their children with them or leave their children in the U.S. in the care of another parent, relative, or friend. In many cases, a parent may determine that it is in their child’s best interest to remain in the U.S. However, in some cases, a parent’s ability to make such decisions is compromised when their child enters the child welfare system, which can prompt a series of events leading to the termination of parental rights. The lack of consistent protocols across the different public systems that encounter separated families further exacerbates the problem.”

In other words, in a country overflowing with broken families and troubled adults who can’t live up their parental duties, our government is intentionally breaking up thousands of healthy and intact families in the name of an immigration policy system that virtually everyone admits is fatally flawed. 

Great — that ought to solve the problem.

Read Sarah’s story (“Quest for cable could lead to deportation for undocumented mother”) by clicking here.

Click here to read the Immigration Policy Center report, “Falling through the cracks.”

10 Comments

  1. Frank Burns

    December 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    It is worth mentioning that the United States did not create the problem with the broken homes of illegal immigrants. Those people who made the decision to enter this country illegally are living with the consequences of that decision. Certainly this is a much better place to live than their home of origin therefore they reasoned it to be an acceptable risk to violate our immigration laws. I certainly can’t blame them for wanting to come over here. Without laws though, there is anarchy.

    President Bush came up with a good solution with guest worker status but nobody agreed with him. His vision was the correct one.

  2. gregflynn

    December 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    One person’s anarchy is another person’s free market unencumbered by government regulation.

  3. Frank Burns

    December 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I never advocated no government regulation, I would like less of them to promote jobs and industry for the economic health of NC. At some point over regulation becomes a problem. Good order and discipline is a virtue.

  4. gregflynn

    December 13, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I would consider laws restricting pollution of air, ground and water by fracking to be good order and discipline. You might consider them to be over-regulation.

  5. Frank Burns

    December 13, 2012 at 10:04 am

    No I consider those existing laws to be good order and discipline as well. The industry needs to know the boundaries. When the agencies begin moving the goal posts, then we have a big problem. It’s the nattering nabobs of negativity found in various advocacy groups who want to continually move the goal posts to the point of getting in the way of progress.

  6. gregflynn

    December 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

    The person who made famous the words “nattering nabobs of negativism”, referring to the press, also uttered these famous words, “I hereby resign the office of Vice President of the United States, effective immediately” after pleading guilty to tax evasion to avoid prison and indictments for kickbacks and bribery.

    In his 1982 memoir, “Witness to Power,” Mr. [John] Ehrlichman described why Mr. Nixon kept Mr. Agnew on the re-election ticket in 1972 even though he despised him as a fool and an idler and would send him off on speaking tours of Indian reservations.

    “No assassin in his right mind would kill me,” President Nixon liked to joke, Mr. Ehrlichman said. “They know if they did that they would wind up with Agnew!”

  7. jollyroger

    December 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Rob try explaining to the 20 million legal American citizens who are out of work why you think people who jump the border, enter the country illegally and have “anchor babies” so they can stay and continue to use U.S. resources, have a right to stay.

    Let’s keep this simple Rob. There is crime and there are consequences. If you committ the crime (ex: sneak under another country’s border) you may face hard consequences down the road. Otherwise, let’s just let the entire population of Mexico and South America enter whenever they feel they can get around to it.

  8. Frank Burns

    December 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    True but his quotes were great.

  9. Beth

    December 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    We need to eradicate all bureaucratic obstacles which keeps the families of these immigrants apart for years. Reducing immigration is not the solution to our problems as Americans. Restricting legal immigration leads to people coming to our country illegally. Also, deportation is not the solution to our immigration problem. As we all know, deportation reduces the GDP of any country. We just need to update our current immigration laws so that immigrants can be encouraged to come tour country legally instead of illegally and legalize the hardworking undocumented immigrants that we have living in our country. Immigrants are hardworking and they come with new skills or talent. I can guarantee that if we legalize these undocumented immigrants, we as Americans will benefit from their talents and skills. Our economy will also grow if we legalize these undocument immigrants. The rest of the world will respect we Americans, if we renew our long tradition of welcoming immigrants into our beautiful country of America. The economic benefits of comprehensive immigration reform are: http://www.cato.org/pubs/journal/cj32n1/cj32n1-12.pdf

  10. LT Prepper

    December 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Criminals deserve whatever punishment is prescribed at the mement they commit the crime. Those people made a choice to be criminals; that is, to engage in illegal activity by coming here without due process of law. They had a totally legal means of obtaining entry. Not immediate entry, not unconditional entry, but legal entry none the less.

    Lets look at this from a different perspective – Lets say that I own a machine shop. Can I simply manufacture (for myself and my family, NOT for the purpose of commerce) firearms? The obvious and immediate answer is, “Absolutely NOT”; and with good reason. The government has an obligation to apply reasonable and necessary regulation to those activities which have a measurable impact upon the public good.

    You will argue that “immigration is not a dangerous activity”, but that is a false assertion, by your own words – because “the taking of jobs and/or employment benefits is dangerous to families”, just as “the taking of lives is dangerous”. So the taking of jobs from American citizens is a dangerous activity. So is the taking of “social benefits” prescribed for America citizens, as voted for and paid for by American citizens.

    If you came here by any unlawful means, then by criminal law you are NOT entitled to the “ill-gotten gains” of your actions… and therefore your children are NOT legitimately American citizens – therefore I am in aboslute agreement; do NOT break up the families of illegal immigrants. Deporth tem all, immediately, and as part of the process have the birth certificates of all their “anchor babies” clearly embossed with the legend “Birth of Illegal origin, NOTa legitimate citizen; NOT elligible for any public benefit or office”.

    Let the child (of said illegal alien) apply for lawful entry when the attain the age of majority, and go through the prescribed process of naturalization. Otherwise, they are no more a citizen than a bit of bellybutton lint which was accumulated in France, but managed to cling to it’s host until arrival in at JFK airport.