Can anyone blame American citizens who have been deported along with their immigrant parents for harboring anger towards our government in general and President Obama in particular?
Jeffrey’s situation is increasingly common. His father, Tomás Isidoro, 39, a carpenter, was one of the 46,486 immigrants deported in the first half of 2011 who said they had American children, according to a report by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to Congress. That is eight times the half-year average for such removals from 1998 to 2007.
Mr. Isidoro, wearing a Dallas Cowboys hat in his parents’ kitchen, said he was still angry that his 25 years of work in the United States meant nothing; that being caught with a broken taillight on his vehicle and without immigration papers meant more than having two American sons — Jeffrey, 10, and his brother, Tommy Jefferson, 2, who was named after the family’s favorite president.
As for President Obama, Mr. Isidoro uttered an expletive. “There are all these drug addicts, drug dealers, people who do nothing in the United States, and you’re going to kick people like me out,” he said. “Why?”
President Obama’s executive order stopping deportations of DREAM-eligible Americans was a great and needed step. But it’s one small improvement on what has been a massively stupid and inhumane immigration policy that has deported even more people than President Bush. I can’t begin to imagine the amount of anger young Americans who’ve been deported under this President’s stupid policies will feel towards him and our country for years to come.