If it is legal to rip families apart and orphan US citizen children, then the law needs to be changed.
Pleading to Stay a Family
Raids on Illegal Immigrants Have Their U.S.-Born Children Fearing Separation — and Some Are Lobbying Capitol Hill
By N.C. Aizenman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 2, 2007; A01
As the government’s crackdown on illegal immigrant workers has intensified in recent months, so have the consequences for a large subgroup of U.S. citizens: American-born children of illegal immigrants.
Numbering at least 3.1 million, according to an analysis by the Urban Institute and the Pew Hispanic Center, such children range from teenagers steeped in iTunes and MySpace to toddlers just learning their ABCs.
Until recently, their parents’ illegal status had limited impact on these children’s lives, because, although every year hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants are detained attempting to cross the U.S. border, once they make it in, they are rarely caught.
But the increase in raids against companies employing illegal workers is beginning to change that.
In December, immigration agents descended on six meat-processing plants belonging to Swift & Co. and arrested 1,297 illegal workers. At one plant, in Worthington, Minn., the workers had at least 360...