Immigration Reform: It’s Always About the Children to Make Us Cry

We must pass “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” if not for us, then for the children. No, not our own, but the children who are in this country through no fault of their own.

I’m speaking of the children of illegal aliens, undocumented aliens, undocumented immigrants, undocumented workers, undocumented citizens.

A report called “Shattered Families” (dun-dun-dun), from the Applied Research Center concluded that 5000 children of illegal immigrants (I added illegal) are in U.S. foster care due to the deportation of their parents.

The report contends that if current trends hold, 15,000 kids will be “ripped” away from their parents.

The LA Times wrote that law enforcement often doesn’t allow detained illegal immigrant parents (I added illegal, again) the opportunity to make arrangements for the care of their children. The Times’ article concluded by saying: “We live in a country defined both by its proud immigrant heritage and by its enduring commitment to families. Ultimately, immigration reform will not be successful unless it protects children, prevents families from being torn apart and shows the world America means what it says when it speaks out on the importance of respecting human rights.”

Pardon my callousness, but I have a solution. 1. If you sneak into our country and get caught, be prepared for the consequence (not that there are any consequences. I’m not buying that centers study). 2. It’s a novel idea, but if you’re deported, take your kids with you.

There is such an outcry over this illegal immigrant family “unification,” have they given any thought to actual American children?

What happens when a child gets “ripped” away from a single parent that goes to prison?

The DOJ estimates that 2.3% of American kids and a whopping 6.7% of black American children have at least one parent in prison. Where are all the bleeding heart advocates for these poor kids? They are left parentless through no fault of their own. Where are the lawmakers to waive parent’s sentences in order to reunite families?

How is breaking into a home and stealing a TV different from breaking into a country and stealing a Social Security number, not to mention thousands of taxpayer dollars every year?

If you wish to talk about real heartbreak, think of the single military moms and dads that have to leave their children behind as they are deployed overseas.

Estimates are upwards of 30,000 single moms have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Often times, during deployment, they must also fight to retain custody of their children, with often no one state-side to fight on their behalf.

But they chose that life. They chose to join the military. They must’ve known this could happen.

True, but the same could be said of someone who chose to commit a crime. It’s a choice. It’s also a choice to sneak across our border.

I can’t blame someone for doing so, but don’t whine if you get caught and are sent packing.

But fear not, unlike the children of the military or American criminals, you potential “New Americans” have the President, the Senate, Congressional leaders and La Raza advocating for you.