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.