This paper is written to give a voice to the plight of the children of illegal immigrants. These children live in fear of deportation and the family being torn apart. The promise of a better life was enough for their parents to risk everything to enter this country without proper documentation or entering on a visa, and for one reason or other, staying past the time limit. The children have no input in the decision their parents make but they will be subjected to deportation like the adults even though they grew up calling the United States home. They are arrested and held until deportation is arranged through the Department of Immigration. No matter how old they were when they were brought here, they do not have a choice to stay here. So, here they are trying to fit in and move about without drawing attention to their legal status. They have bought into the idea that America is the “Land of Opportunity”. Many attend school, work, and have even adopted many American customs, but in actuality they live in fear knowing that at any time their world can change drastically.
Kyra Kyles, a writer for the Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL July 2011), wrote an article about the events in the lives of two young students who had lived in the U.S. undocumented for several years. They were active students at Palatine High School and volunteered for several projects. The young men were honest and naïve in their responses when they were approached by Immigration authorities. It was a costly response as the youths were arrested and held for deportation proceedings. Of course, the youths were afraid even after their parents, schoolteachers, and other adults spoke on their behalf. They became victims of corrupted people who wanted to take advantage of their predicament. One attorney suggested to the parents not to post their bond but give him $10,000 and he would secure their release and obtain citizenship for them. Fortunately,... [continues]
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