Friday, June 11, 2010

How about teaching them to do things right?

But then, putting crying kids on the stand always seems to serve people like Silvia Rodriguez well:

Silvia Rodriguez, a 23-year-old graduate of Arizona State University who has been living in the state with an expired visa since she was two years old, said she has lived under a blanket of fear her entire life of being deported.

"I've never been called to or referred to as American. The only time I felt proud was when President Obama won his presidency, and for him to not step up and fulfill his promises really, really breaks a lot of promises," Rodriguez said.
I just really don't know what to say to this. I hate that Silvia Rodriguez has "lived under a blanket of fear her entire life," but I don't understand why situations like hers warrant letting all the people off who have illegally entered the United States. One wonders what her never being called or referred to as American has to do with any of this. As for the "crying kid" remark, well...
Catherine Figueroa, a 10-year-old girl whose parents were arrested and detained for three months, said through tears that she lives in fear of law enforcement agents, and called on President Obama to help repeal the law passed in her state.

"I want to tell President Obama to stop putting parents in jail," Figueroa said through tears. "All they want is a better life for their kids."
 If we're going to let crying kids influence our decisions on which laws to enforce, we might as well just call it quits now.