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The Nightmare of Deporting Foreign Children

The Nightmare of Deporting Foreign Children

To some people, the thought of child deportation is a horrific one, even children that are classified as illegal immigrants. In fact, approaching the issue of the deportation of children of illegal immigration is much different from that of adults who illegally immigrated into America.
Some children come from foreign countries on their own, such is a very common theme for children immigrating from Mexico. Some of these children are in their teens and will often attempt to migrate as a result of the requests of other family members.
Other children are brought illegally to the United States when they are young by their families. Statistically speaking, most illegal immigrants who come to the United States as children are under the age of six. The United States, then, will become the only home they know or remember. Their schools and friends will be in the United States and the child will become immersed in American culture. Whether or not the young child wished to come to the United States is not only irrelevant, but rarely considered in regards to that child’s deportation.
Due to this fact, child deportation from America is decidedly complex. While the United States should not be expected to be a home to foreign-born children without legal status, the moral imperative that compels policymakers to act on their behalf may leave them conflicted in regards to those children who cannot be saved by a green card petition.

The Social Stigma Surrounding Foreigners

The Social Stigma Surrounding Foreigners

Advocates for immigrants’ rights are usually quick to point out to adversaries that immigration is a tenet on which the United States was founded, as even the residents of Jamestown–the first established colony in America, which was established in 1607–had arrived on American soil from a foreign land. Yet, illegal immigration and legal immigration are two different subjects.
For most Americans of European descent, whose ancestors arrived at Ellis Island and made a new life in this country, did so by legally immigrating to the States. Thus, some detractors from the original argument would insist that it does not make sense to apply immigrant rights to those who unlawfully reside on American soil, because they never formally applied for legal residency. These same people might even refuse to employ the term “immigrant” to this debate, instead using the word “alien” with hostility and full implication that the illegal entrant does not legally belong in the United States.
Meanwhile, lobbyists for the enhancement of rights allowed to illegal immigrants would be apt to modify the term in favor of calling someone an “undocumented” immigrant, suggesting no person, as a human being, can be considered “illegal” in and of themselves. 
As hinted at by considerations listed above, even the names by which illegal immigrants and immigrants’ rights are called can involve some sense of social stigma. Extrapolating from the term “alien,” the word has connotations of strangeness or otherness.
Nevertheless, that general feeling of the individual being foreign, almost to the extent of not even being the same species, still applies. Those most heavily affected by such sensibilities would be apt to think that not only would immigrant rights fail to pertain to illegal aliens, but too, that basic human rights should not come into play.
Yet immigrants’ rights and civil liberties are two different concepts in themselves. While immigrant rights are often loosely defined by what a lawful permanent resident/green card holder may be entitled to, there are basic constitutional freedoms that are valid for all inhabitants of the United States, which after the 20th century, are in line with United Nations convention on universal rights.
Illegal immigrants, and by association, their children are often discriminated against when their status is discovered. While elements of racism may exist irrespective of immigrants’ rights in this discrimination, Mexicans–who comprise the biggest bloc of illegal immigrants–are frequent targets of racial prejudice.
Despite any valuable services a foreign worker might be able to provide, or any community service/scholastic aptitude the child of an illegal immigrant might exhibit, many staunch adversaries of the enhancement of rights allowed to illegal immigrants have already established both their own personal value judgments, as well as generalizations of what they perceive an illegal immigrant to be.
However, regardless of the contrast between any right or wrongdoing, a child under the age of 6 cannot possible be held accountable for their participation in any activity. As a result, the policy of immigrations transcends mere politics, thrusting it into a forum of ethics and humanity.

Are Foreign Children Entitled to Free Public Education?

Are Foreign Children Entitled to Free Public Education?

Any child, whether being an American citizen, legal
immigrant, or illegal immigrant has the right to a free public school
education. This is a highly debated concept, since taxpayer money is used to
fund the education of children who were allowed to enter the country in the
first place, regardless of legal status. Arguments for and against this policy
tend to lead to specific questions of whether or not children of illegal
immigration, both foreign-born and domestically-born, should be entitled to an
education in the United States.

As with most issues on the topic of
illegal immigration, political opinions vary with regard to illegal immigrants
in public schools and which immigration laws should be enacted alongside these
concerns. Currently, laws addressing illegal immigration permit all children to
receive a public education.

A primary issue presented by presence of children of illegal immigration in the
public school system is the underlying cost of their general education. In
2004, statistics showed that California spent about $7.7 billion per year to
educate the total number of illegal immigrants in public schools–a figure that
comprised 17% of the budget for the entire school system in California.
California has a high rate of illegal immigration because of its close
proximity to the Mexican border, and it was discovered that in the entire
United States, it cost $28.4 billion in 2004 to educate the children of illegal
immigrants in public schools.  

Ultimately, presence of children of illegal immigration in the public school
system, and the general expenses that surround them, creates a very expensive
situation, in addition to causing a large degree of controversy. Since efforts
are being made by Congress to allow children of illegal immigration to attend
college, the tension has greatly escalated; some individuals think that
offering a college education to the children of illegal immigrants provide
undue incentives to immigrate illegally.

The presence of children of illegal immigration in the public school system
continues to stir up debate. While the idea of paying taxes for legal immigrant
children to become educated evokes tension, some take opposing views in
considering that public dollars are spent educating children of illegal
immigration. Despite a concerted effort to enact a counter-policy that these
immigrant laws hold, children of illegal immigration are still permitted to
partake in the American public school system.