A bunch of folks snuck into our country illegally and were eventually caught and detained pending a decision of when/where to deport them. Sadly, many of these illegal adults have children in their care. In order not to separate families that have no other option (legal relatives in the US who can care for the child), the US has created special detention centers specifically for families so that they are not split up.
Sounds like our government is trying to make the best of a bad situation while still trying to enforce the immigration laws of this country.
But of course this has pro-illegal immigration activists up in arms, despite the fact that:
Children held at a controversial immigrant detention center in Taylor [just north of Austin, TX] are receiving four times as much classroom instruction as before under a change that federal officials made recently at the privately run facility.
“The primary focus of the education component is to make certain that these children are receiving the best academic structure they can during the time they’re in the facility,” Pruneda said.
Well, that sounds a shit-load better than where they came from — which of course is a big part of the reason that their parents snuck into our country illegally to begin with.
“But in the end, that’s not really the point,” Bernhardt [Rebecca Bernhardt, immigration, border and national security policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas] said. “The point is that detaining young children and their parents who don’t have any criminal violations, in some cases for very long periods of time, is just wrong.”
There they go again: the ACLU fighting hard for the rights of illegal immigrants who — wait for it — don’t have any rights in our country. The rights that the ACLU is fighting for are for US Citizens. Not illegal aliens. It’s a subtle but important distinction that is often (often, as in “almost always”) overlooked by the ACLU.
And the point, Becky (you don’t mind if I call you “Becky”, do you?) is that they all have committed a “criminal violation” by sneaking into our country illegally. Unless of course their children were born here, in which case the parents are illegal, but their children are “legal”. But that shouldn’t continue to be a “get out of jail free card” for their law breaking parents.
The illegal parents can make the choice of 1) keeping their children with them in the detention center until they are deported, 2) assign guardianship to a legal friend or relative while they are in the detention center and until they are finally deported, or 3) turning custody of their children over to Child Protective Services while they are in the detention center and until they are finally deported. Once deported, they can make the decision as to whether they want their kids to come back and join them from whence they came, or to allow them to stay in the US without them while they go through the legal channels to enter the US to be with their children.
Of course there are protesters — I’ve often maintained that Austin has one of the largest groups of otherwise-unemployed Professional Protesters in the country. And what do the protesters want?
Protesters have called on immigration officials to explore alternatives to detention.
I have an “alternative” to detention: deportation. Immediate deportation. If you are here illegally, then you and your family must go back to Mexico. I don’t even care if you’re not from Mexico — that’s where we’re sending you, since that’s probably where you entered into our country illegally. You can get back to Honduras or Nicaragua on your own from there (or, more than likely, just sneak back across the next day).