An unfortunate immigration case in Cincinnati highlights the reasons why immigrants need to take their legal status seriously in the United States. A 27-year-old man who has been helping to financially support and provide care to his 6-year-old paraplegic stepson was recently deported. Now, the boy will not be able to receive the care his stepfather once generously gave.
In a perfect world, the United States would be more open to allowing the family members of immigrants to legally come to the country so that they can be together again. While there are some programs that help family members of immigrants legally enter and live in the United States, they do not apply to everyone. Also, some people don't know about these programs and they end up living in the United States without authorization.
Nicknamed "dreamers," those allowed to stay in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program must know exactly what legal rights and obligations they have. This was a program that started under President Barack Obama, and some residents are still protected under its guidelines.
It feels like immigration detention should be a short-term solution while authorities decide how to proceed. In reality, it's often anything but short, leaving people behind bars for years with no idea how their stories will play out.
Would you assume that those who are detained and then deported from the United States would at least be given their belongings back when they were forced to leave? After all, prisoners are given their belongings when released from jail.
It's a difficult time to be an immigrant in the United States. That was evidenced fully earlier this month when agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reportedly kept 92 Somali immigrants on a plane — chained — for nearly two days in conditions akin to a "slave ship." The incident occurred when ICE attempted to deport the detainees back to Somalia.
Federal government officials describe facilities where immigrants are detained as "alternatives to detention". A recent study, conducted by researchers at the University of Kansas, has likened immigration detention centers to prisons.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) pleaded with the Trump administration and Border Patrol officials on Tuesday, Oct. 31 to release a 6-year-old Mexican girl with cerebral palsy from federal custody. The undocumented immigrant girl is currently behind held at San Antonio's Baptist Children's Home, a private organization that cares for both migrant and orphan children.
Everyone in the United States benefits from specific rights and protections under U.S. law. It doesn't matter if you're a citizen, a green card holder or an undocumented or illegal immigrant. You can benefit from the rights and protections afforded by the United States Constitution in the event of an immigration raid.
In many senses, indefinite detainment without a conviction or deportation seems unfair. It means a person is being held without a chance to plead his or her case, with no end in sight. In the case of immigrants, is this legal?