News: The first women deported by the Trump administration, was a mother of two U.S. citizens who had lived in Arizona for two decades and posed no apparent threat to the United States.
News: A Methodist Sunday School teacher was detained last week and may be in deportation proceedings.
News: ICE agents recently detained a young man who is shielded from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.
O.k. I guess we need to have this discussion again, don’t we?
A deportation proceeding costs on average, $10,070 per person. The U.S. Congress, in the past, has allocated enough money that the Obama administration has been able to deport, on average, 400,000 people per year.
YOU have $10,070. So you have a choice, you can deport:
- Maria – a mother of two, one born in the U.S. and in Jr. High who has never been to “X”-Country. Maria works two jobs and has overstayed a Visa. While she will never see a return on it while she remains undocumented, Maria pays into Social Security and into the income tax rolls.
- Juan – Juan served four years in the USMC in Afghanistan. He has earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. The federal government lost his paperwork for his green card.
- Sven – Sven is 19, just graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA, is a successful software developer and has even sold apps already. Sven wants to go to college, but upon registering, discovers that his paperwork is false. Sven has never assumed that he was anything but American, but his mother, fleeing an abusive husband, overstayed a Visa and never told him that he came here as an undocumented 1-year-old. Sven is deported to Norway – he’s never been there before.
- Hector – Hector, a gang member, runs drugs, is a pimp on the side for under-aged trafficked girls.
BTW.. this list is probably about EIGHT times longer than this… you have to prioritize.
You have the money to deport ONE and only ONE of these people – who do you put your resources to? The RIGHT WING thinks all these people are the same. However, any idiot can see how that is wrong.
(And no, those stories above are not made up – as many as 30,000 U.S. service members have been deported, families are regularly broken up, and the story of Sven – well, I changed the name, but the story is true. Also – look up Jakadrien Lorece Turner.)
Do you know what the definition of low hanging fruit is? It’s when you raid tortilla factories, courtrooms, and snatch up school kids on their way to school (OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE – You assholes aren’t law enforcement, you’re scum), and you let the gang bangers walk free – because they’re hard. When you deport people like the three mentioned in the lead in, mothers and SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS, or the first three in the sample list… you leave Hector out there to continue doing harm.
American Immigration Law is and always has been based on racism and lies. The chief lie being that “immigrants steal jobs.” They do not. In fact, the opposite is true. Immigrants create jobs.
NOT having immigrants, yes, even undocumented immigrants, will cause a lot more pain than anyone cares to admit. Because as California farmers are finding out, there are jobs “natives” simply won’t do.
Since the passing of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, no law passed concerning immigration was designed as a positive reinforcement, but merely as punishment. It’s time to change the way we do business.