The US immigration debate centers around how the issue impacts life in America. But immigration to America has repercussions across borders, especially when an immigrant is deported. Deportation breaks up families, and leaves those deported stranded in a strange home.
Last year, the US sent 870,000 Mexicans back to Mexico. Unfortunately for the Mexican economy, that meant these individuals were no longer contributing to the $24 billion sent back to Mexico from the US. On a personal level, many of these immigrants had been living in America for decades. Once they are deported, they leave behind American-born children. Back in Mexico, they receive little or no support from the government or family. They must fend for themselves in an impoverished society.
Other deportees find themselves home again due to brushes with the law. Omar Giron was sent back to El Salvador because of a DUI and domestic abuse conviction. He had legal status in the US, and left behind four children in Virginia. He now is treated as an "Americano" in El Salvador, where he struggles to adjust.
Considering that they had to break a law to get deported, do you have any sympathy for these individuals? What about the US citizens who are separated from their parents?