Monday, March 10, 2008


We will be back in federal immigration court again today. Monica (for details and background, type her name in this page's Search tool) appears for what might be her final hearing.

Last week Jose received a "voluntary deportation" directive to be fulfilled in 120 days.

Legal counsel is not optimistic that Monica will receive any different determination.

Questions, so many questions arise as I consider the future of these wonderful young people.

Both were brought to the United States by their undocumented parents when they were very small children. For years, as a community, we have invested in their growth, education and productivity. Now that they are at the very beginning of adulthood, enrolled in college and eager to learn and to serve, we as a nation cast them out.

Sorry, but I cannot see the sense or the logic in this action.

We need comprehensive immigration reform, an impossibility in the short run. In the meantime, we need the D.R.E.A.M. Act to provide relief, hope and a fair remedy to young people like Monica and Jose.

Please pray for them today.



Anonymous said...

These stories are just heartbreaking. How could we squander young lives in this way? How could we squander our own resources in this way? These children did nothing wrong. We are just punishing them for the "sins" of their parents.

Anonymous said...

I haven't heard anything about what happens to the parents. So I weill ask, what happens to the parents?

Larry James said...

Anon, 10:34 AM, the fate of the parents varies from family to family depending on resources available both here and outside the USA.

Anonymous said...

we are with monica and jose... thanks so much for keeping us up to date on things... i hope the DREAM Act passes sooooooooooooon