Saturday, February 08, 2003

How long before this kind of treatment becomes the norm for US born citizens?

But while the thousand of deported and detained immigrants may be out of the public eye, their expulsion has serious consequences. Take the case of a Mexican man deported while his immigrant wife and children are left behind in the U.S. with no grasp of the English language and little way to make a living. While before they would have been a self-sufficient family, now the wife and children, who might even be U.S. citizens, become the proverbial "drain on society." While the man may try to return to join his family, even risking his life in an illegal border crossing, the Mexican border has become so dangerous thanks to armed vigilantes, harsh weather and increased security, there’s a good chance he would not return alive.

Meanwhile, others who are deported might as well be strangers dropped in a strange land. The DuPage facility in Illinois, like facilities all over the country, was full of young Asian and Latino men who were to be deported because of gang- and drug-related convictions. Most of these men had lived in the U.S. from a young age, and English was their only language.

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