U.S. Citizen Children Sue Obama

June 17, 2009


The Huffington Post reports that 150 U.S. citizen children are suing the Obama Administration over their parents' deportation. They are asking President Obama to halt the deportation of their parents until Congress enacts comprehensive immigration reform. The U.S. citizen children are saying that their constitutional rights are being violated because they will most likely have to leave the U.S. with their parents. From the Huffington Post:
The group is gathering Wednesday in Miami to talk about the case. They originally brought their lawsuit against the Bush administration. It was refiled in January in Miami.
The children's attorneys say the parents came to the U.S. before 1996 immigration changes made it more difficult for them to become legal residents, and thus expected they would be allowed to stay.
The Associated Press reports:
They are suing President Barack Obama, asking a court to halt the deportations of their parents until Congress overhauls U.S. immigration laws.
The children, who gathered Wednesday at the Miami nonprofit American Fraternity to draw attention to their cause, say their constitutional rights are being violated because they will likely have to leave the country if their parents are forced to go.
Some children said their families didn't have enough money to pay for school supplies because the breadwinning parent had been deported, and some are at risk of losing their homes. They also say they are suffering psychological and physical hardship.
"My grades went from A's to C's when my mom had to leave," said Ronald.
Nora Sandigo, the head of the Fraternity, originally brought the case on behalf of the children against the Bush administration. She refiled it in January in Miami and a hearing is scheduled for August.
Sandigo said she is frustrated that the Obama administration hasn't done more to address immigration reform.
"Today these children's voices are not heard," she said as dozens of youngsters squirmed and twirled their flags on a rug before her, "but tomorrow these U.S. citizens will be voting."
Perhaps not literally, but many of the more than 100 children who gathered Wednesday are already in their teens and will be voting age by the next presidential election.
Sandigo says many of the children's parents came to the U.S. before 1996 immigration changes made it more difficult for them to become legal residents. When they came, they had a valid expectation that if they stayed out of trouble for seven years, they could eventually become legal residents, she has argued.
Immigration experts say the case has a tough road in the courts because Congress explicitly made the law retroactive.
But the lawsuit may help get attention for the issue in the political arena, said immigration Scholar Louis DeSipio of the University of California, Irvine.
"It's a very conscious decision of the immigrant advocates to focus on this issue," he added, "to disabuse Americans of the images we have of men in their twenties and thirties running across the border, showing instead that it's a family affair."
Could the U.S. citizen children of the CNMI file a similar lawsuit?

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

You mean to tell me that someone else is suing the Federal Government over an immigration dispute? LOL! How will you spin this one Wendy?

Wendy said...

What's to spin here? It's straight forward.

Brittanicus said...

These children of illegal immigrants is a real conundrum, because this must be measured that the parents broke the law of a sovereign country? This law that allows foreign national women to slip through the undermanned national border and by having a child here gives instant citizenship. The truth is that instant citizenship was absolutely meant for the emancipation of slaves once freed after the civil war. Like so many of our laws that have been corrupted by judges interpreting the U.S. constitution for their own extremism. Now these illegal mothers knew full well they were violating US laws, and were still rewarded with many citizen benefits, including housing, education, health care for the child and federal and state mandatory benefits. As at this time new legislation has been drafted, to rescind this wrongly applied law so this error that causes the children of illegal immigrants, immersed in this unresolvable spot. can never happen again.
Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) reintroduced his Birthright Citizenship bill that would eliminate automatic citizenship for children born in the United States. Under the proposed legislation, a person born in the United States, in order to gain citizenship, must have at least one parent who is: a U.S. citizen or national; a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States; or an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces. To get this law passed--THE PEOPLE--must demand of their Senators and representatives to sponsor this law. Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868) has 40 legislative sponsors, but needs your attention to this matter. Entering the United States under current law, cost taxpayers millions of dollars to support the birth mother in prenatal care and delivery, whereas American have to pay. Read more about this major issue at NUMBERSUSA, that must be resolved.

Anonymous said...

Not every alien parent is ILLEGAL. I would say that 95% or more of those in the CNMI are LEGAL. That is the difference!

Anonymous said...

The Birthright Citizenship bill is a partisan bill that if ever passed (it won't be) could create hundreds of thousands of stateless children.

captain said...

11:34, how do you figure that these children would be stateless?
The children would be citizens of the country of origin of the parents.
In the case of one US national parent, then the children would be dual (in the countries that allow it)
The parent would register the children with the appropriate consulate or embassy of the birth abroad.
Not much different than now in any country where one parent is a US Cit.and a child born in that country.
It would just stop automatically a baby being born in the US of foreign parent being a US Cit.
Unless there is something else written into the proposal and the law NOT being retroactive.

Anonymous said...

Another desperation attempt! Why can't these people just love their country? Go home and help your country become like the US of A!!

Anonymous said...

Another desperation attempt! Why can't these people just love their country? Go home and help your country become like the US of A!!

Anonymous said...

Some it seems strange that I get e-mails constantly asking me to vacation in Mexico, but Mexican illegals cannot return there to live. Also, I have known people from Mexico who find it perfectly safe to return (on their own terms) to vacation, for funerals, etc.
One of my Caucasian relatives took his family to the Marianas. They lived there. My aunt taught school.
Excuse me - they might be better off going there to live.
America is becoming over-populated and we have very high unemployment.

Anonymous said...

America is becoming overpopulated? Some places maybe have dense population, but over-populated? Not true.

Who is the "they" that you think would be better off "there"? Where?

Unemployment is a complicated issue that has more to do with the economy than with immigration issues.

Anonymous said...

Yes, America is becoming overpopulated. WE cut our birth rate in the 70's.
We cut our birth rate not so that other people who have overpopulated their countries could come here and fill up every empty space.
There are already water shortages even in very lush and green areas of Oregon - the most populated areas. But, also in sparsely populated areas such as Eastern Oregon. The water table is too low due to in-migration and too many wells. There are some large signs posted on land for sale by neighbors - BEWARE - WATER SHORTAGES - YOU MAY NOT HAVE WATER IF YOU BUY HERE.

Anonymous said...

I have been to Asia - Japan - and saw massive overpopulation. There's no room to breath.
Don't tell me that we have to continue taking in immigrants until we also have no room to breath.
Each country can and should keep their people happy within their own boundaries. It is the responsible think to do.
The people are capable of understanding basic issues like birth control. Like living within your means.
I believe in equality - I believe that EVERYONE can be responsible and EVERYONE can practice birth control - or live with the consequences.
If you do not believe that - then you do not believe in equality.

Anonymous said...

Overpopulated or a misuse of resources? Americans need to learn to use their resources more wisely. In California we are looking at ways to preserve our resources.

Immigration laws need to be overhauled and limiting the number of future immigrants may be part of that plan.

Birth control? That is a private matter between couples and the state should not be involved with that issue.

What does living within your means have to do with immigration laws?

You premise has absolutely nothing to do with equality.

I come from Asia and it is true that our small island countries like Japan have more people per square mile, but we certainly have no problem breathing.

Were your ancestors immigrants?