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My view: Utah Compact can build immigration plan that helps children

Children of Immigrants

Desert News, by Mark Shurtleff and Bruce Lesley

Why are advocates for kids encouraged that immigration reform has begun to move in Congress? Because immigration is a children’s issue, and the outcome of this debate will shape the lives of a generation of kids.

Current law treats children as objects, instead of people with a say in their own lives. For example, a person inadmissible to the U.S. can qualify for relief by showing hardship to a U.S. citizen spouse or other close adult relative; but when a child is affected, the law applies a higher “extreme hardship” standard. Similar double-standards for deportation routinely ignore the common-sense reality that children experience traumatic separation in more damaging and lasting ways than adults. The consequences are devastating for kids. …Read more