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More evidence that immigration reform can’t wait

[1]If Sarah Ovaska’s story about the absurdity of Time Warner Cable going all Barney Fife on an undocumented woman in Burlington [2] 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 [3].

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 [2].

Click here [3] to read the Immigration Policy Center report, “Falling through the cracks.”