Undocumented Immigrant Guillermo Campos-Ojeda says goodbye to his wife and young daughter before boarding a deportation flight chartered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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I think you are assuming too much about me, in this case.

I look at this picture and think “What the hell are we supposed to do about this?” Here’s my mental picture here with this particular photo, my context for it:

He, came from Latin America some where (judging by recent statistics, Honduras, but the source doesn’t matter) and found work. He might have even brought the woman with him, where she got here legally and he couldn’t for whatever reason (money, petty crimes, who knows, it’s irrelevant for me). She has the baby on US soil, which most people would call an “Anchor baby”. Now one member of the household has US citizenship. This gives ICE several options (not exhaustive, but here’s my thoughts)

1) kick the whole family out, right back to where they came from. Unfortunately they cannot do that because ICE cannot enforce an immigration law like that on a US citizen (the child) so that’s out.

2) assuming mom is here legally, kick dad out because he’s not (which is what they’ve chosen to do, and I support)

3) let them all stay, and set the precident that if you come here and have an anchor baby, you get to stay legal or not (something which is wrong, and shouldn’t happen any more than a baby can save a marriage)

I agree that the child is the one that will pay the ultimate price for HER FATHER’S ACTIONS. It’s not my fault, it’s not ICE’s fault and it’s not her fault that her FATHER CHOSE TO COME HERE ILLEGALLY. The root problem is that he’s not allowed to be here. It doesn’t mean he cannot come back, it means he cannot be here right now.

Don’t assume I’m happy about the situation created by the father and his poor decisions, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to lose a moments sleep about this either. His decision, his families consequences.

Also don’t assume this doesn’t hit home to me. My best friends both married young women from Mexico. One is a US citizen (M), the other is trying to become one (L). L has been told MANY times that it would be easier if she just let her Visa lapse and try to gain legal entry to the US That way than to do what she’s doing (which is staying legal and getting my friends citizenship and their marriage license to get her citizenship).

The area that I live in was 0-1% minority when I moved here in 1981. I have watched as MY town has been changed by immigration (Marshallese and Latin American, mostly Latin Americans). Some things are for the better, but some are not. I have seen this happen to families. I have family members that teach in the the elementary schools that are 99% minority, and I have heard stories JUST LIKE THIS ONE. Everytime, my attitude is the same. That person made a bad decision and now his family is paying for it.

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