Monday, May 4, 2009
"Illegal" Immigrant Children - Should They Be Forced To Choose?
"Citizen children" are being caught in the middle of the illegal immigrant battle in the US. According to a study conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, close to 4 million children who have at least one parent who entered the U.S. illegally were born in the United States and are U.S. citizens as a result. The study also find that one in three of those children are poor. Not only do many of these children live in poverty, if they are discovered to have illegal immigrant parents, they have to choose whether to go back to their original country or stay in the US without their parents. If they decide to stay in the US, they could be separated from their parents for years. Although illegal immigration is a problem in the US, families are being separated in the process and that is big problem. There are organizations out there that provide support to children who have been separated from their parents from immigration such as Organization to Help Citizen children, but there should also be an overhaul of the immigration laws. The Obama administration supported a pass for citizenship that would mean having an illegal immigrant pay a fine, learn English and then get in line for citizenship. However, more should be done. What do you think? Should we keep the immigration laws as is or should there be reform? Should we have these passes for citizenship for illegal immigrants? Or should we support stricter border control?