Should I stay or should I go?

Ahhhh….Easter. Chocolate hangovers, sugar letdowns, and people carrying crosses.

I hope you got a little glimpse of at least one penitent staggering down the street in dramatic Christological support of their issue-du-jour. In the Phillippines, they really get into it, actually nailing themselves and scourging their flesh. Mother Church turns a blind eye.

Hey, whatever. I’ll take a basket of Peeps and some chianti.

Interesting, though, is this CNN story about a girl in Japan whose parents are being deported. Her parents entered Japan illegally from the Phillippines, and she’s been asked to choose between her parents and her homeland. I’m not sure why it’s garnered the attention of CNN except for its applicability to US immigration law, protested this weekend by many immigrants with crosses.

Then there’s this story from the NY Times about something similar, where a girl’s father is deported and she’s left to live with her citizen granny (in this case, the estranged girl interestingly quips “I think I love him…”). In this case, the judge famously noted that the welfare of the children must be taken into account when deporting illegal immigrants. Which could be huge- have a kid, stay in the US. Can you say anchor babies?

I’m wondering where to stand on this one. I saw a soundbite from a lady on Univision (blegh), marching against deportation, whose son is a citizen. “He wants to come back to his country!” she wails. But isn’t it…her fault that he’s not with his countrymen? And, as immigration reform writers often ask, what does it say that illegals’ first action in this country is to break the law?

But the kids.

I know, the kids.

Thoughts?

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4 Responses to Should I stay or should I go?

  1. Ay, That one is so tough…I have sat in church with recent immigrants who come here just to have their “anchor babies” plus it’s a new little person who gets a social security number that the new parents use….. and although I am all for immigration, my thoughts on this change like the wind…

  2. faemom says:

    It’s hard to say. It’s sad to think there are people out there that would conceive a child for such a selfish reason. There’s a reason for born-in-the-country citizenship, so that we don’t have a class of people without a country. But to use it in a way that could possible tear a family apart? This is so complicated!

  3. evenshine says:

    Unfortunately, it happens, and not infrequently. Until Obama comes out with some kind of plan, the issue will continue to exist, and as hard-line as I am on some issues, this one of immigration has me on the fence.

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