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Children of illegal immigrants shouldn’t be made to suffer

Children who are brought to this country illegally by their parents and later abandoned should not be made to suffer for it.

High school kids who go through so much on their own, who have worked so hard and come so far shouldn’t be sent out of the country just because their parents broke the law.

Student’s Prize Is a Trip Into Immigration Limbo – New York Times

Yet for Amadou, who helps operate the robot the team built, success has come at a price. As the group prepared for the flight to Atlanta today, he was forced to reveal his secret: He is an illegal immigrant from Senegal, with no ID to allow him to board a plane. Left here long ago by his mother, he has no way to attend the college that has accepted him, and only a slim chance to win his two-year court battle against deportation.

In the end, his fate could hinge on immigration legislation now being debated in Congress. Several Senate bills include a pathway for successful high school graduates to earn legal status. But a measure passed by the House of Representatives would make his presence in the United States a felony, and both House and Senate bills would curtail the judicial review that allows exceptions to deportation.

“He’s been a hard-working and diligent student with mathematical ability and a scientific mind,” said Rhonda Creed-Harry, a math teacher at Central Park East. But though he has been accepted at the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, he said he could not attend because he does not qualify for financial aid.


Written by Jeff

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 3:18 am

Posted in News Tidbits, Politics

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