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Off Deadline: Young 'DREAMers' to describe their undocumented lives in America

by Jay Thorwaldson

As immigration roils national politics — from the White House to Congress and the Supreme Court, to states across the nation and even the presidential campaign — the stories of six "undocumented" young people from the Palo Alto area will add personal depth and poignancy to the issue.

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Posted by BlatherBuss
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 19, 2016 at 12:24 am

According to the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency, over 200,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended crossing the southwest border since 2012. The current year is expected to have an increase of over 30% from the previous year. These numbers do not include minors that were not caught or came with families.

This human tragedy is directly encouraged by broken immigration policy and an unlawful executive order. It puts children at risk, encourages lawlessness and costs taxpayers an enormous amount of money.

Posted by Kazu
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 19, 2016 at 11:26 am

So why do we allow Mexicans to stay the country illegally but not people of other nationalities? That sounds discriminatory to me. As an East Indian friend of mine once put it " These people come her illegally and they let them stay. If I did that, they would deport me and never let me back in this country". People of different nationalities should be treated the same, not differently.

The US used to have a very successful "Braceros" guest worker program. Why not seal the border to illegal immigrants and have a guest worker program again? If there is a job for someone, he or she could come here as a guest worker. Those without jobs lined up have no reason to be here unless they go through normal immigration channels.

We don't need a wall to stop illegal immigration. Simply sanction employees who hire illegals and the problem will largely go away. Every time such a proposal is made, both Democrats and Republicans fight against it tooth and nail. Could it be that despite their rhetoric bot parties have a vested interest in the status quo?

Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Portola Valley
on Jun 19, 2016 at 5:42 pm

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