Nearly 46,486 deportations of undocumented immigrant parents in six months
United States, 10th May: Latest immigration officials reveal record high rate of deportations of undocumented immigrants who are parents of children born in the US.
High rate of immigrant deportations--According to a latest report by the USICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement), nearly 46,486 immigrants who are parents of children having US citizenship have been deported from the US in the first half of 2011. The report by director of the ICE, John Morton, is inviting criticism and wrath from far and wide.
Such deportations of undocumented immigrants living in the US are becoming a cause of serious concern for many since they are breaking the families apart.
Deportations lack dignity and compassion--What is harrowing is that all these deportations are being done in the name of immigration reforms in the US. Families of immigrants with undocumented status are getting ruined.
When either or both of the parents are deported, children who are legal US citizens, are left alone with no one to take care. And such an act by the US immigration is something lacking compassion for humanity.
How justified is it to separate a child from his parent merely due to their immigration status. If this is a rule, then it needs immediate reform, says Patricia Ribeiro, the organizing coordinator and parish outreach at the Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns.
This is wholly agreed by the US Catholic bishops as well who consider the cruel act of deportations of immigrant parents as something needing immediate reform. Broken immigration process of the US is taking a heavy toll on several families of undocumented immigrants living in the nation, states Republican Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles.
This must be stopped at the earliest, stressed Roybal-Allard.
ICE justifies large-scale deportations—The US ICE has, meanwhile, wholly justified the current rate of deportations of immigrant parents in the US.
According to an official spokesperson of the agency, aim of the ICE is to enforce effective immigration rules while ensuring that primary caretakers of kids are not detained unless they are subject to compulsory detention on the basis of severity of immigration history or criminal history.
And removal of those considered a threat to the US security including undocumented immigrants is on top of the priority list, states Virginia Kice.