As you all know, President Obama recently declared that the U.S. would not deport illegal immigrants who came here as children and have proven that they have been productive citizens. I think it’s a decent move–although I question whether it’s proper to get around Congress by simply declaring it law.
I do think, however, that the Dream Act (for which we had a great podcast here) is problematic for related reasons to the one brought up in this NY Times article: American Children, Now Struggling to Adjust to Life in Mexico. The article is about illegal immigrants who have kids in the U.S. and then get deported. They focus on the Isidoro family. Mr. Isidoro’s son Jeffrey is a legal American citizen, but since his father Tomas was deported to Mexico, Jeffrey also moved to Mexico.
The article isn’t about the Dream Act, as the children of Tomas Isidoro were born here, but clearly there are issues that are very similar, issues that will take place if the Dream Act is ever approved. The family was broken up by immigration laws, one which Mr. Isidoro chose to ignore. It says he’s worked here over 25 years which means that he possibly would qualify if as child immigrant if Dream were approved–but the article is strangely dodgy and evasive on the particulars. It’s almost as if the writers were trying to hide something.
As for President Obama, Mr. Isidoro uttered an expletive. “There are all these drug addicts, drug dealers, people who do nothing in the United States, and you’re going to kick people like me out,” he said. “Why?”
Umm…well…because you broke the law? It’s amazing how the man now feels he’s entitled to be here.
Check out the comments–I think they mostly agree with me. This is exactly why the Dream Act is troubling. Sure, kids who come here because their parents broke the law ought to have a path to citizenship. But there ought to be consequences for the parents who get caught breaking another country’s law. Having kids here after you broke the law shouldn’t automatically make you a citizen.