Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Collateral Damage of the New U.S. Deportation Record: The Removal of U.S. Citizens, U.S. Citizen Children Lose Parents
Last week, ImmigrationProf reported on the record levels (nearly 400,000) of removals by the Obama administration in fiscal year 2010. Ted Robbins of NPR follows up with a report on how some of those removed are not immigrants but U.S. citizens; Northwestern University political science professor Jacqueline Stevens was interviewed for the story. Joshua Hoyt on Huffington Post reports that the removal record means that roughly 650,00 U.S. citizen children lost a parent.
Besides broken families and the removal of U.S. citizens, the social costs of the record level of removals mean families and communities torn apart. In the end, is teh Obama administration's new record something to be proud of? Or will we look back at the mass deportations with shame like we now look back on the Chinese exclusion laws, the repatriation during the Great Depression, and Operation "Wetback"?