Since The Rainbow Project: How Deportation Affects Us All was published on March 31, 2013, the results of new research make it even more clear that immigration reform and establishing pathways to citizenship for undocumented workers are issues that impact everyone. Immigration laws remain debatable amongst our society regarding the definition of “illegal” immigrants and who deserves to become a U.S. citizen .
In recent news, the Boston Marathon bombing suspects did not help immigration reform and it’s supporters in regards to their fight for a easier pathway to U.S. citizenship. The accused suspects of this horrific bombing are two brothers who are thought to have come to the United States in 2002, by way of Turkey from Chechnya, a region of Russia. “These are not Chechen rebels, this is not a Chechen operation,” says Mark Ensalaco, a terrorism expert at the University of Dayton. Despite the Boston bombers having little to do with Chechnya, the media were quick to demonise an entire ethnicity. In similar circumstances, after the 911 attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001, there was the creation of the Special Registration Program — a 2002-’03 act that required 83,000 of immigrants of specific ethnic backgrounds to report to immigration authorities, and caused an estimated 30,000 deportations, said Speaker Deepa Iyer.
On the other hand, the Re-Unite Wilke Family story brings a different perspective on whether deportation cases should be evaluated more carefully. A Canadian man fighting to keep his Egyptian wife in Canada with their family, as she faces deportation on April 27, 2013.
Kingston, Jamaica – March 2013, Mr. McKay, a deported Jamaican father reunited with his son after 8 years. He shared, “I am so proud of my son. He has become a fine young man. I hate to miss all his sporting events and other childhood memories. I wish I could be near but the law requires me to stay in Jamaica. I plan to cherish the moments that we share right now and try not to think too much about the day he leaves to return home.”
Immigration Reform continues to dominate discussions around the world with supporters and non-supporters demanding their voice be heard. Meanwhile, non-criminal undocumented immigrants wanting the best for their children are being deported. Families are being shattered with children living with out their birth parent or parents.