Why was Emily Ruiz not allowed to come back to the United States? Do you see how broken our immigration system is? Emily is an American born citizen, folks. We have to fix the broken system before more families are forced apart.
Just as the Department of Homeland Security under President Bill Clinton botched it up with Elian Gonzales of Florida, now we have the Department of Homeland security under President Obama botching it up with Emily Ruiz. How many more immigration stories do we have to hear in order for the FEDERAL GOVERMENT TO FIX THIS ISSUE?!
Not long ago, the entire Hispanic community was with the Cuban community in spirit when the battle of Elian Gonzalez drove Cuban Americans back to the Republican Party in Florida. Within one decade we have watched some in the GOP transform on the issue of children, families, immigration and deportation. In 1996, Bill Clinton and Al Gore won Florida, however, during the 2000 Presidential Election, the Cuban American National Foundation said they would actively work against Gore because of his badly chosen handling of Elian’s deportation that eventually cost him the elections.
In light of the upcoming 2012 Presidential Elections, Democrats ought to ask themselves how much they want to play and risk the Latino vote. This is the time for them to step it up because State legislators (GOP) are crying out for Obama to fix the broken system. Question is….will Democratic leaders be smart enough to put a solution that will garner Republican support on the table?
If you don’t know who Emily Ruiz is, you are about to find out from Ruben.
Why was 4-year-old American girl deported?
By Ruben Navarrette Jr., CNN Contributor
San Diego (CNN) — Under our system, two things are crystal clear: Law enforcement agencies are required to treat children with more care than adults, and U.S. citizens have certain rights that are not to be abridged — including the right to due process.
Just don’t try telling any of that to the parents of Emily Ruiz. They know better. Those principles didn’t apply in the case of the 4-year-old from Brentwood, New York, who — after traveling to Guatemala to visit relatives with her grandfather — was denied entry into the United States on March 11 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and instead sent back to Guatemala.
That is no way to treat a U.S. citizen.
Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/03/23/navarrette.child.deported/index.html
From Pilar Marrero:
In sending back to Guatemala a US citizen girl whose parents are still in the United States, authorities with the Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) may have violated a settlement that was entered into during the nineties to determine the treatment of minors in their custody, said a constitutional lawyer who conducted the lawsuit in the late eighties. According to attorney Peter Schey, a lawyer for the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Los Angeles, CBP and all agencies that deal with migration issues must do more than just a good faith effort to reunite a citizen child with his family, under the Flores settlement that was put in place in 1997.