Monday, April 09, 2007

3 illegal immigrants detained

Three illegal Guatemalan immigrants are being immigration officers. Two of the three men had warrants of deportation against them already, while the third had already been deported and entered the country illegally. Therefore, we seem to be looking at two issues with this story.
1. As much as I tend to sympathize with those who are trying to enter this nation, and are desperate to escape atrocities in their own nations, I find myself torn in cases such as the above, where persons have either already been deported in the past, and have re-entered the nation illegally, or have been ordered to leave the country.
2. This article leads a lot up to speculation, as there is no indication of what kinds of conditions these men were trying to escape. Were they even trying to escape? Or was it just the prospect of attaining the "American dream" that made them do what they did?
Currently, the U.S. has very strict policies about how to enter the nation legally. Unfortunately, a lot of people, particularly those fleeing persecution are unable to meet the conditions stipulated by the U.S. to enter the nation legally. Therefore, many of them enter with fraudulent documents. How do we draw a distinction between such cases and those where people who have been ordered to leave the nation still hang around? Also, is it important to understand why they are still here? Do we think that should matter?

1 comment:

HeWhoWould said...

Country conditions change everyday. One minute everything is fine, but not perfect, the next minute there is coup or a civil war in which atrocities are committed right and left. Once deported to a country where conditions have changed for the worse, immigrants should be able to come back to the US and present their case in front of a judge. The key phrase is ‘in front of a judge’. I understand that the US has more immigrants seeking asylum then it has judges that can deal with all the cases in a reasonable time frame. The point is that even if deported immigrants should have a second chance in front of the judge if there is a legitimate reason for them to flee their country. On that note, the main issue that I see in this article is the US’s inability to keep illegal immigrants out of the country even if they are deported or have warrants of deportation against them. With the idea of changing country conditions, there will always be more fraudulent claims then real legitimate asylum claims. The US does not have a deterrent for those who are deported under fraudulent claims from ever coming back to the US, i.e. if caught again they will be jailed for life (just for an example). Right now if an immigrant is deported, then they can once again enter the US illegally and only have to worry about any other consequences except being deported again. I understand that deportation is a big deal but for these immigrants like the ones stated in the article were deported and then entered the US again without any major consequences.