Who: Levine, M., & Sands, G. (2015, December 24). Feds Plan Sweep of Undocumented Immigrants Still in US Despite Orders to Leave. Retrieved January 2, 2016, from http://abcnews.go.com/US/feds-plan-sweep-undocumented-immigrants-us-orders-leave/story?id=35941118
What: This article discusses the removal of undocumented immigrants from the United States ordered by a federal judge due to an increase in illegal border crossings. In doing so, the Department of Homeland Security is sending a message to illegal immigrants, mainly Central Americans, that the United States does not condone illegal entrance to the country and that there are consequences for the action no matter the reason that led to the move.
Why: I chose this article because I felt it went well with the required reading for inclusion and exclusion. “Macedonia migrants: hundreds rush border” discusses how Macedonia and Greece are refusing entry to migrants who are trying to reach other European Nations because they lack the resources to deal with such an influx. This is not the case with the United States of America. The government is gathering and sending away migrants to send a message of “Don’t come”. At first it were “individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security” (Levine and Sands) leaving a blind eye to others that do not fit this description, but now it has extended to families “who have received a final order of removal on or after January 1, 2014″ (Levine and Sands). This extension to families was the result of an increase in illegal border crossing and in televising the removal of said families the government hopes it will deter more illegal crossing.
How: While reading this article I felt a little bit of sympathy for the families that are being deported but not enough to think that the Department of Homeland security is doing the wrong thing. The American Immigrantion Association opposes this nationwide sweep saying “the government would be going after ““perhaps the most vulnerable population,”” comprised of mothers and children who came to the United States looking to escape environments filled with domestic abuse, rape, and even murder” (Levine and Sands). Though this may be true, if the immigrants went through the proper channels they would not be in the position to be removed and in coming here illegally they forfeit their chances of asylum or other relief. I strongly feel if you want entry into the United States, or any country for that matter, you need to do it properly for they have their laws for a reason.