LatinaLista — Today, the United States government announced plans to change the rules when it comes to Green Cards.
Last month, the government issued a new policy regarding a change in asylum rules.
With all these rule changes, the government feels it will deter anyone from wanting to make the United States their final destination.
Yet by changing the rules, without regard to the human element, the government is achieving the one thing they don’t want â€” resistance.
These changes, combined with the crackdown in deporting and detaining illegally arrived immigrants, have a strong impact on immigrant families and the destruction of the family unit.
For the government to think that by enacting such policies that it will curb illegal immigration or asylum seekers, is short-sighted and unrealistic.
There are stories every day proving this assumption wrong.
In Dallas, a 25-year-old mother, six months pregnant, was deported to her native Honduras. She was forced to leave behind her husband, who had his proper paperwork, and their 9-month-old son.
She had been ordered to report for deportation back in 2002. She didn’t and when she was caught enjoying some quality couple time with her husband this fall, she was apprehended and deported.
Now critics will say that she got what she deserved. But to deport a woman, who is 6 months pregnant, to a country that she no longer has a connection to, separating her from her infant son and husband in the process â€” that’s not justice on any level.
So, she did what every mother would do. She made her way back to the United States again â€” she was caught in Arizona and deported. Chances are she will try again until she can no longer travel because of her pregnancy.
The new changes in the Green Card requirements and asylum rules have the potential to separate families equally as well as the deportation crackdowns.
Changes in the Green Card requirements can literally make a member of a family out of compliance with the law from one day to the next. Where does that leave the rest of the family?
The changes in the asylum rules now enable the government to keep asylum seekers jailed longer while their cases are being processed. Since it’s standard practice to separate family members when they are in asylum proceedings, it means children are traumatized longer when separated from one parent or both. Parents, likewise, are traumatized.
As the young mother’s actions exemplified, no governmental public policy, miles of desert no-man’s land or being deported hundreds of miles away will deter a parent from reuniting with their children in the country that offers the most hope and promise for a safe and prosperous future.
Changing policy rules and enforcing a stricter crackdown on apprehending and deporting people doesn’t work when families are separated.
It only provides a false facade that public policies are working â€” but maybe that’s the real intent.