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Status Report on Youth at Risk of Deportation

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In a June 18 press release, the Washington-based Immigration Policy Center accuses lawmakers of trying to " 'deport their way out' of a dysfunctional immigration system that has fueled a growing undocumented population." (Hat tip to ImmigrationProf Blog.) The press release gives an update on three youths whose education plans for the future have been interrupted because of their illegal status in the United States. See earlier posts, "Boy Scout to Be Deported," and "Valedictorian of California High School to Be Deported."

I have a depressing thought that I may need to start a not-very-occasional feature within this blog called Youth Deportation Watch or something like that. I've been writing about English-language learners for more than eight years and I've never seen so many incidents in the news of youths being scheduled for deportation.

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It's incredulous that the people we are deporting are the ones that are working, contributing members of our society. Why don't we stop worrying about them, and deport the criminals? If you're here to work and contribute, come. If you come to the US to deal drugs or cause trouble, GO HOME!

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