Immigration Law

An immigration policy with no heart

"The average American naively thinks in terms of "legal" and "illegal" immigrants, and assumes that one can stay and the other must go. But the federal government thinks in terms of "U.S. citizen" and everyone else. U.S. citizens have a full platter of rights in our legal system; "everyone else" doesn't. ... A 62-year-old father and grandfather who migrated legally, worked all his adult life, paid taxes and otherwise contributed for decades is not someone who should be forcibly removed from the United States — especially in the name of preserving "homeland security."  Deporting someone like Jorge Aguilar does nothing to protect this country. But it does quite a bit to diminish it." - Ruben Navarrette, Jan. 3, 2012.