"One of the harshest provisions that sets HB56 apart from other anti-immigrant state bills is the requirement that all schools must verify the status of children attending schools. (http://reformimmigrationforamerica.org/blog/blog/update-judge-releases-rulings-on-alabamas-anti-immigration-law/)”
Personally, I don’t understand why children are being targeted as a means to trap undocumented immigrants. As expected, large numbers of children have gone “missing” from the Alabama school system. Is this what we really want?
Preventing the education of these young people will increase the size of the population of illiterate residents, potentially increase crime rates, and lead to a larger unskilled work-force for this country and globally. These children did not make the decision to migrate to the U.S. nor can they make the decision or finance their family’s return. Immigration is a destructive process to a child no matter what age, whether voluntary or involuntary. Now children are being forced to deal with not one but a minimum of two emotionally-traumatizing experiences of which they may have been ripped from the communities and cultures they have come to know and identify as their own.
So now these families will re-appear in another town, another city, another state somewhere, forced to create an unregulated community with other undocumented residents. Their slither of hope has mutated into a gaping black hole where opportunities for advancement and their ability to fulfill civic responsibilities once resided. And in its place stands a larger, tangled system of trappings for their exploitation and abuse.
What hope lies for these children and their future? What anguish lies for the friends and communities they left behind? Who will mend the pieces on both sides?