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If This Video Does Not Make You Cry, Then I Don’t Know What To Tell You

Last week, I wrote a post about Jorge Garcia.

Mr. Garcia was brought to this country as a young boy by his well-meaning parents. Unfortunately, they skirted the emigration rules and Mr. Garcia is undocumented. Last Monday, he was sent back to Mexico, a country he has not lived in for thirty years. His wife and children, who are all American citizens, are doing as well as they can under the circumstances.

Appearing on The View last week, Mrs. Garcia and her children spoke to the co-hosts and the audience, as well to Mr. Garcia, who called in via satellite. At several points during the interview, Mrs. Garcia and her children all broke out into tears. If I could have reached across the screen and hugged them, I would have.

Mr. Garcia’s only crime is that he was brought to this country as a young man illegally. Other than that, he is an upstanding, hardworking, respectable citizen. While I understand that the immigration laws are in place for a reason, we need to show some humanity. Of course, if someone has perpetrated a criminal act and is here illegally, they should be sent back to their country of origin. But if they are just going about their business without breaking the law, I see no reason why they should be punished by being forced out of the United States. Especially if they came here as children and only think of themselves as Americans.

One of the flaws that exists in the American culture (and by extension some of our laws), is that we say one thing and do another. It’s time to say what we mean and mean what we say.

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Whatever Happened To Decency And Humanity?

Imagine this: you are a young man brought to America by your parents looking for a better life. Your parents might not have thought through the legal side of emigration, but they were thinking of your future. Decades pass and you are living a normal life. Marriage, kids, working, not causing trouble with the law, paying your taxes on time, etc.  Then you are forced to leave America for a country you may not remember and have to leave your family behind.

This is the story of Jorge Garcia. Yesterday, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mr. Garcia was forced to return to Mexico. Despite the fact that his wife and children are American citizens, he will not be allowed to return to the country for ten years. Unfortunately, he is too old to quality for DACA.

This is the type of story that makes my blood boil. This man does not even have a parking ticket to his name. His only crime is being brought to America as a child. There many thousands of men and women who have similar tales to Mr. Garcia. They might not have been born here and their parents might have skirted the immigration rules, but for all intents and purposes, they are Americans. They are in school, they are working, they are raising American children. They are contributing to our country.  I see no reason to force them out of the only country they call home. It is inhumane, indecent and goes against everything that America stands for.

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