Report: Workplace immigration raids harm kids
Spokesman for immigration enforcement says parents are responsible, not law enforcement. By VANJA PETROVIC The Orange County Register
WASHINGTON — Children of illegal immigrants arrested at workplace raids face an increasing amount of family separation, economic hardship and psychological trauma, according to a new report released today.
"The effect of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids on children is inevitable and underappreciated," said Rosa Maria Castaneda, one of the authors of the report, commissioned by the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy organization. The study was prepared by the Urban Institute.
Of course, this is true of all law enforcement arrests. It's bad if one of your parents is arrested, worse if both are, but it's not the DHS's fault that you have whole families of criminals establishing themselves in American cities. ICE spokesman Tim Counts explained it to the media:
"This report takes the bizarre position that ICE is somehow responsible for family disruption caused by parents who make poor decisions," Counts said. "Law enforcement agencies across the nation arrest people who have children every day. Everyone understands that parents are responsible for their actions and the resulting impact on their families."
I'm not really going to cry about this. It was really sad when Oscar Wilde's two boys had to change their names because their father had disgraced himself, and it was sad in the Rosenberg case when two children were orphaned when both their parents were executed for betraying their country, to name two cases that spring to mind.
Anyhow, you can read the whole report by Dr. Rosa Maria Castaneda, [Email her] it's called Paying the Price: The Impact of Immigration Raids on America's [sic]Children and is 129 pages in PDF.