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Immigration Raids Adversely Affect Children

Original post made by Henrietta J. Burroughs on Mar 6, 2007

The recent immigration raids caused enormous trauma for some of the local children whose parents were taken away by immigration authorities. To get some insight into what took place, watch a video excerpt from the next "Talking with Henrietta." Here is the link: Web Link

This excerpt is taken from the current show, "Finding Foster Care." To get more information about the show go to The entire show can be seen on Channel 27 Thursday at 8 p.m. This show will repeat on Channel 27 and on the Internet at through Saturday, March 10. It can be seen on Sundays @ 5 p.m., Mondays @ 8 a.m., and Thursdays @ 8 p.m., Fridays @ noon, Saturdays @ 1:30 p.m.

Shouldn't immigration authorities do more to protect children?


Posted by Citizen, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 6, 2007 at 2:59 pm

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Posted by JustMe, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 6, 2007 at 4:27 pm

Always, ALWAYS, care about the children, yours, ours, or their's. Children always count, period.

I will entertain arguments that che dhildren of illegals should be deported in the company of their parents, or that they should be allowed to stay here with their parents, or whatever. But never, ever, stop caring about what happens to children. Just don't go there.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 6, 2007 at 5:31 pm

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Posted by k, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 6, 2007 at 8:06 pm

it's too bad whenever children are traumatized, but that isn't the main point. Parents shouldn't put their children in this situation. THEY are taking the chance.

also, some of us went through the system legally and became citizens the legal way, and it is ridiculous that huge numbers of people feel they have the "right" to bypass this entirely.

Posted by JustMe, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 6, 2007 at 10:50 pm

As I said, I am not going to get into the rights and wrongs of the illegal immigration issue, that's a sticky wicket and I will stay out of it for now.

All I am saying is that it is right that we should care about the children. They often find themselves in situatoins that are not of thier making, and regardless of what their parents may or may not have done, we HAVE to give the children consideration. I was merely protesting the first comment, now removed, that basically said "Wh cares about the children." I was answering with "I care."

Posted by Citizen, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 7, 2007 at 10:05 am

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Posted by Citizen, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 7, 2007 at 11:07 am

Lets see if this is considered offensive - if you murder someone, should the court consider the hardship on your wife and kids when calculating your sentence? Isn't that the same as worrying about the hardship of children of deported illegals? A crime is a crime.

Posted by Bill Johnson, publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Mar 7, 2007 at 11:09 am

Bill Johnson is a registered user.


Your posts have been removed because they are simply designed to "flame" the discussion. Try posting something that is thoughtful and respectful of other opinions and that actually contributes to the discussion.

Posted by Citizen, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 7, 2007 at 11:21 am

Nice to see you have objective standards. try applying them to Robin and Jag Singh.

Posted by Silver Bullet, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 8, 2007 at 3:30 pm

I firmly stand behind the right of the PA Online to edit and remove posts. That being said, I read Citizen's original post (3/6/07), and although it was maybe a tad bit harsh, I didn't read it as trying to create a "flame war." It is an emotional issue, so I'm not surprised the post reflected some emotion.

Now, it is off topic, but Citizen mentioned a couple of users and their postings, and I completely agree with the fact that those postings are MUCH more inflamatory. I've mostly given up participating in threads that they post on, because what they say is pretty outrageous and tends to repeatedly and offensively target and frankly attack members of a particular religious group - the one that rhymes with "you-wish."

Posted by Geoff, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 8, 2007 at 3:41 pm

Silver, you are quite right. There does some to be some inconsistency in posts that are removed. I have read posts that are seemingly innocuous that later are removed, while those that don't seem to contribute anything to a reasoned debate - and might by some lights be considered racist - remain up (forever as you point out). I guess offensiveness is in the eye of the beholder - making me think that censorship should be done with a light touch.

Nonetheless, they have the right to do what they want, and overall this is a great resource and forum for Palo Alto, and a wonderful contribution to the community. Thank you for that, Mr. Johnson. Palo Alto is in your debt.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 9, 2007 at 6:27 pm

In an interview with ICE today, it was stated that detainees are asked if they are the sole caretaker of children, and if they say they are they are released. If this is true, perhaps someone can find out why they are not given credit for that.

Posted by Kate, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 6, 2007 at 2:15 pm

The immigration authorities enforce U.S. immigration laws. All actions on the part of those authorities are legal and necessary in order to deter those individuals, some unfortunately with kids, who are planning on entering the U.S. illegally. It is not OK to do so and it is the parents of all the negatively impacted kids, not the immigration authorities, who should be blamed for any and all trauma that their own kids may experience. Perhaps all the illegals should take heed and return to their country of origin, apply for legal immigration status and end the chaos they haved caused their kids and this great country. There are avenues that allow them to immigrate legally and they should be required to follow those laws just like everybody else.

Posted by Henrietta J. Burroughs, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 8, 2007 at 12:14 pm

Just because something is a law doesn't make it right. There was a time it was legal for people in America to enslave other people. There was a time it was legal to round up Jews and put them into concentration camps. There was a time it was legal to bind women's feet and to throw wives onto funeral pyres to burn with their deceased husbands. Laws are enacted by people in power to protect what they consider their self interest.

We need to constantly examine our country's laws to make sure they are in the interest of the public's welfare, to make sure they support the rights of children and families – not just the rights of select American citizens only. This was a country founded on the proposition that people were entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is a right that should be extended to all people. If this government claims that it is fighting around the world to spread democracy, then it should be assumed that these ideals are what the government is spreading – laws that respect and honor the dignity of all people. As a minimum one would expect that they should at least be ideals given to those who live in this country.

Letting people live in this country for years, then taking away the property that they have worked hard for, putting children that they love and properly care for into foster homes and deporting them under cruel and inhumane circumstances does not reflect the enactment of just and humane laws, certainly not laws that are worthy of what America is supposed to stand for. Laws can be changed and some laws should be.