Deported Immigrants Struggle to Stay Connected to American Children

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

For families that decide to leave Mexico and take their chances in the United States, there is a calculation to be made: What is the price of pursing a dream? As we discovered earlier this month in the little town of Malinalco, about an hour outside of Mexico City, it is a cost that seems to be borne unfairly by the children of migrant families.

The many barriers to entry in the United States mean that there are many scenarios where parents and children are separated. For instance, when illegal immigrants are deported what happens to their children born in the United States who can stay even though their parents are sent back across the border. There are an estimated 5,000 children of deported parents in the foster care system.

Jill Replogle from KPBS San Diego's Fronteras Desk says children caught in the system enter a legal limbo where it can be almost impossible for parents to put their families back together again.

Guests:

Jill Replogle

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Mythili Rao

Comments [4]

Joe G from CT

How about 500,000 radio journalists getting US citizenship this year? What would happen to your job, John?

Jun. 11 2013 03:30 PM
Joe G from CT

Why is it OK for people to break the rules? Why do you want to reward people who broke the rules? What about the people who followed the rules and waited? You want us to reward people for breaking the rules. That is going to lead to a DELUGE of more people who will break the rules in anticipation of the next amnesty.

I can think of no analog in any other situation in which someone who has broken the rules is rewarded with legitimization of their status. If I claimed I had a degree from Harvard, would you grant me that degree?

Jun. 11 2013 03:26 PM
John

Here we go again. Why doesn't "The Takeaway" just change its name to "Weepy Stories about Pedro and Maria"? Here's a novel thought: These people are here illegally to begin with. Then they commit crimes. And then when they get caught, they have gall to whine about the punishment that is meted out to them. I urge John Hockenberry to go and get caught stealing from a store or selling drugs like the people discussed in this segment, and see what happens to him. The police and prosecutors won't stroke your hand and give you a big marshmallow, John; you will suffer the penalties. That is called "rule of law". Look it up. It is one of the things that made this country livable, and it is being ruined by illegal immigration.

And stop quoting that Calmus woman. If she wants to waste her life helping these illegals, fine, but don't give her a platform on NPR, PUHLEEEEEEEZE. We get enough slave morality in the US these days as it is without having to hear sanctimonious lectures from a would-be Mother Teresa with her "10 Weepy Reasons Why the US Should Accept 100 Million Impoverished Peasants from Latin America". There is NO limit to the number of people she would dump in the US if she had the chance. Another novel thought, John: Mexico's people are Mexico's responsibility. We have plenty of poor people here as it is; why don't we tend to ours, and Mexico can tend to its?

Jun. 11 2013 11:36 AM
listener

Kafkaesque? They committed crimes in this country and any
hardship the children endure was the fault of the parents.
What happens to US citizens who commit crimes
in Mexico? At least there is no dramatic whispering this time.

Jun. 11 2013 09:32 AM

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