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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

STUDENT PROTESTORS DECRY TREATMENT OF ECUADORAN FAMILY

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Student protesters in South Florida have taken up the case of another young person who immigrated to the US as a child accompanying her parents. The students believe Gaby Pacheco, who is now in deportation proceedings, was targeted by ICE officials because she was an activist promoting passage of the DREAM Act. And ICE officials are not denying this is the case. I'm not really surprised by this and, really, ICE officials are doing the job they are paid to do.



Ms. Pacheco presumably knew this and is making a major sacrifice in the name of bringing attention to the plight of young people raised in this country who lack legal status because of the actions of their parents.
ICE is not the problem here. Congress is. The failure to pass the DREAM Act showed cowardice, in my opinion, and those who voted against it should be ashamed of their actions. It is one thing to punish people who made the conscious decision to illegally enter and stay in the US. But DREAM covers people who came as children who cannot be held responsible for the actions of their parents. This is simply a matter of using the children as pawns to either punish the parents or make the parents' staying illegally in the US less palatable. Or  its simply about wanting to kick immigrants out regardless of their culpability.

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  1. b's Avatar
    Confusing. The reporter writes Gaby Pacheco has a student visa. Why should she be deported for supporting DREAM? The reporter writes her family is scheduled for an immigration court hearing.
  2. A Nony Mouse's Avatar
    Greg: Gaby Pacheco isn't facing deportation.

    Her family is (being undocumented while she has a student VISA), and it's believed that her family was targeted just to punish her for supporting the DREAM act so openly.

    Regardless of the technical oversight there (you're a busy man!), it's still a pretty gross insult to Freedom of Speech.

    If you're an immigrant, you'd better not say anything about the immigration system or else we'll punish you for it! What kind of message is that?

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    Agents questioning her sister "started saying, 'You should thank your sister for what is happening to you,'" Pacheco said.




  3. Another voice's Avatar
    I guess the 1st amendment does not apply to anyone without a green card or citizenship. Wow we are really making progress in civil rights and human liberties here.
  4. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Wow, she probably exited the US right before her 18th birthday to make sure she is not subject to the admissibility bar and applied for a student visa. Gotta give it her, she is a smarty.

    ICE is turning into Gestapo, is that the big news any more?
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