Advocates for the improvement of human rights allowed to illegal immigrants include have maintained that ambiguous deportations laws result the separation of families. The alleged effect that deportation has on children can be devastating. Recently, the Department of Homeland Security released a statement that estimated 2.2 million deportations in the two years. The staggering nature of those statistics suggests that the United States government has deported immigrants, legal or illegal, at a trend of around one million people per year. Further consideration of size of these numbers illustrates the effect that it may potentially have on both local and communal levels, resulting in the obliteration families, communities, and social structures.
Encapsulated in the total 2.2 million immigrants that had faced deportation, over 100,000 were parents of naturalized children; in other words, children with legal citizenship. The deportation of parents lacking legal citizenship has been argued to mar the respective integrity of the legal citizenship possessed by their children. As a result of this process, American deportation policy is faced with further–albeit ambiguous–difficulty; issues that surround interpersonal relationships and compassion cannot possibly be relayed by statistics alone.
For example, the trauma that may be potentially endured on the part of a child separated from his or her parents cannot be ranked and filed, let alone expressed. Furthermore, statistics related to the number of parents who have chosen to leave their children behind have never been collected. This problem stems from a black and white deportation policy that fails to take into account the underlying effect of deporting certain individuals–effects that transcend numbers and percentages.
Yet, many people argue that despite the humane implications of deportation, if illegal immigrants decide to leave their children in America–which it is assumed many do to with the hopes of providing their naturalized children with a bright future–the tax-payers will wind up footing the bill for the services required to provide for those children, regardless of legal or illegal citizenship.
Lawmakers have claimed that the number of children affected by the deportation of their parents could be much higher than the estimated 110,000. Some argue that instead of deporting the parents of children with legal citizenship,many of whom present no concerns of national security, plead for the creation of a new leniency clause for the aforementioned situation. Deportation law tends to lump everyone into two specific categories, therefore lacking the necessary nuances required to deal with these multifaceted issues.
The potentially-devastating fiscal burden that would face the United states, as a result of granting these families residency, fuses emotions with economics–a forum which does not allow for any effective fashion of discourse. Still, many argue that regardless of the deportation of the parents of children with legal citizenship, not only funding those children, but also allowing them to gain residency would not only increase tax revenue, but grant them the ability to find gainful employment and provide for their children.