April 24, 2007
Law Students Do Good!
Realizing how limited legal resources for immigrants are in the United States due to her years spent consulting on immigration cases and her own experiences as a twelve-year-old immigrant from El Salvador, Evelyn Cruz, an associate clinical professor in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, teamed up with the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project in 2005 to create the Immigration Law & Policy Clinic. Thanks to the clinic, a class of six ASU law students can now develop cases for and represent immigrant children at legal hearings. For more on this story, click here.
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Yes, that's really good news. What I'm wondering is this: since Ms Cruz is now enjoying, I presume, the advantages of living in the US as compared to her native El Salvador, why is she working to make sure that, in the future, the US, or parts of it, will look more like El Salvador?
Since I assume that many of the "immigrant children" referred to were born in the US to illegals, would law students who decided to work to change the (rather absurd) interpretation of the 14th amendment that makes these kids US citizens also be 'doing good'?
This is because as children’s attorneys for the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal and social services to detained immigrants, Somers and Sweet are charged with representing and seeking pro bono legal representation for hundreds of children who have come to Arizona to escape gang recruitment, sexual exploitation, indentured servitude, or domestic violence in their home countries.
Sorry, but given present-day reality, I seriously doubt that even a small fraction of these kids can be so categorized.
In any case, while anyone can see the humanitarian side of the issue, what we have is a huge problem of millions of illegals, with more coming all the time, so many they are demographically transforming America and causing lots of social problems, and not a small problem of a few, for whom we easily could, and probably should, make exceptions.
Posted by: eh | Apr 24, 2007 10:36:33 PM
"the (rather absurd) interpretation of the 14th amendment that makes these kids US citizens"
No. People born in the U.S. are not "immigrant children." Those are U.S. citizen children, and I'm sorry you think that's it's absurd to read an amendment saying "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside" as saying, oh, all persons born in the U.S. are citizens.
But the Florence Project represents IMMIGRANT children, who are from other countries and seek the U.S.'s protection.
"hundreds of children who have come to Arizona to escape gang recruitment, sexual exploitation, indentured servitude, or domestic violence in their home countries."
The FIRR Project does not say that all immigrant children are escaping gangs, slavery, trafficking, and violence. They have a special project representing unaccompanied children or children who can apply for asylum or special immigrant juvenile status, and these children ARE escaping these extreme conditions. They are doing a great service helping traumatized children get some safety and stability. Your politics are preventing you from understanding the narrow scope of the Florence project.
Posted by: Andrea | Apr 25, 2007 7:49:20 AM
The United States of America is a place of opportunity, rights and freedom where less forunate people in other parts of the world come for a better life. While it is humanitarian and praiseworthy for the US to adopt new comers, it is prhaps prudent to exert more control and limit immigration.
Posted by: Elsa | Apr 30, 2007 8:33:01 AM