i wonder when america lost its humanity. some would say after 9/11 but i think that it was much earlier than that. when we started to put things- material gain- ahead of relationships that were important. america enmasse is having to look into the mirror finally- and i think that we don't like what we see. i know i don't. we can debate whether america has always lived by the ideals that founded this nation- i think we can honestly say that we haven't- but i don't think that we can debate that we- and the rest of the world- looked at this country a certain way. we were looked at as a beacon of freedom and light in a sometimes dark and frightening world. our streets were thought to be paved with gold- and at one point in time we were proud of our melting pot status. again, when we look at the underbelly of the way we actually treated our immigrants- well, it's that american dichotomy- but we were looked at as a tolerant nation who put families first and where folks could make a decent living if they worked hard enough. nothing was out of reach for those who worked hard enough. until now.
i wonder why it's necessary for our immigration law to forego thinking about splitting up families when they do their crackdowns? i wonder why someone arrested in massachusetts on illegal immigrant status is then shipped to tex-ass? i wonder why the neo con right who is ordering these crackdowns continues to use social services so extensively when the right wing eschews social services of any kind?
"When illegal-immigrant parents are swept up in raids on homes and workplaces, the children are sometimes left behind — a complication that underscores the difficulty in enforcing immigration laws against people who have put down roots and begun raising families in the U.S.
ICE officials defended their handling of the raid, saying ICE made arrangements in advance with social service agencies to care for the children.
The Department of Homeland Security is just carrying out the law they have to carry out. Under the law, there is no legal basis for considering the rights of families. Congress may have to act for that to change," Urban Institute demographer Randolph Capps said."
interestingly enough- this law was passed under a compassionately conservative congress in 1996.