No one keeps track of exactly how many American children were left behind by the record 186,000 noncitizens expelled from the United States last year, or the 887,000 others required to make a "voluntary departure." But immigration experts say there are tens of thousands of children every year who lose a parent to deportation.Breaking up families and leaving many children behind -- such are the "family values" of the Bushes and Clintons.
Officials at the Department of Homeland Security say they are simply enforcing laws adopted in 1996, which all but eliminated the discretion of immigration officers to consider family ties before enforcing an old order of removal. (Nina Bernstein, "A Mother Deported, and a Child Left Behind," New York Times, November 24, 2004)
Thursday, November 25, 2004
186,000 Deportations, 887,000 "Voluntary Departures"
Notice that it is "laws adopted in 1996" -- under the Bill Clinton administration -- that are responsible for deportations and "voluntary departures" of hundreds of thousands of immigrants: