By Alan Bean
Americans don’t agree on issues like abortion and gun rights, but most sentient citizens understand that kids need to be with their parents and parents need to be with their children. We grieve for the families in Newtown CT who lost a child to a mad rampage because the worst nightmare of any parent is the horror of losing a child.
Does our compassion extend to undocumented parents separated from their children through deportation? Seth Wessler has faithfully covered this issue for Colorlines and his most recent article raises issues most of us never think about because we don’t have to. Parents frequently cross the border illegally in an attempt to reunite with a child. Deportation destroys families. Some deportees make several failed attempts to cross the border regardless of the consequences. That’s what parents do.
The federal government conducted more than 200,000 deportations of parents who said their children are U.S. citizens in a timespan of just over two years, according to new data obtained by Colorlines.com. The figures represent the longest view to date of the scale of parental deportation. (more…)