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What does international news have to do with immigration issues?


Immigration policy does arise out of thin air. Rather, more often than not, immigration policy today reflects international news from yesterday.

As part of the global community, only the foolish view immigration law from a domestic standpoint only.

Of course, gaining perspective on international matters is not easy. As a result, we scour the internet to provide you with the top news, articles, blogs, and stories about worldwide events likely to influence U.S. immigration policy.

The Central American Crisis: Deception and Deportation

The massive influx of young immigrants from Central America showing up at America’s ports of entries is a baffling, troubling, and disturbing issue.

Even for seasoned immigration veterans.

According to estimates, 47,000 immigrant minors have arrived since October 2013. Another 60,000 is expected by the year’s end.

Various news outlets suggest that through a mix of rumor and fact, word has spread that if immigrant children can reach the U.S. border, they will be allowed to go free. Given the awful political, social, and economic conditions in their home countries, seeking a better life in America seems a risk worth taking.

However, the minors are not allowed to simply be let free. For those from distant locations, such as El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, procedures are more complicated. The government is required to provide shelter and attempt to locate relatives.

What happens, however, if the relative is undocumented and lacks legal immigration status?

Border Children Crisis Complicated By Parents Here Illegally
Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News, June 12, 2014

“Our duty is to get the child to a sponsor. While they are with the sponsor they are still subject to removal,” said Mark Greenberg, acting assistant secretary for HHS.

Parents are required to get children to deportation proceedings and cooperate with the removal proceedings, he said.

But a reporter from Telemundo, which is part of NBC, said parents who are not legally in the U.S. don’t know if they are qualified to pick up their children who have followed them here and what happens to them if they do.

If a parent seeks to reunite with their child, there is a real danger that they will be placed in deportation proceedings.

The inability to reunite is certainly an undesirable outcome not only for the immigrant parents, but also for our immigration system.

Yet, I do not think the government cannot simply ignore the undocumented status of relatives and parents without inviting an even greater influx in future years.

One item relatively unmentioned in any major media news account is that this story is also about immigration fraud.

Some of the worst culprits, it appears, are con artist immigrant assistants and trafficking rings who have pushed false dreams for many unsuspecting families suffering from family separation.

Hoping for reunification, these family members instead end up in a worse situation which may culminate in their own deportation from the United States.

Clearly, the U.S. cannot address all aspects of the crisis overnight. However, we should embark on an immediate campaign to weed out the fraud artists.





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