Let the Kids Stay [PHIL-OSOPHY]
America has far too many families that are broken up. If you believe, as I do, that our family unit is the most important part of the human cradle, then let me explain why I agree with the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling that supports allowing undocumented kids who came to America as young children to stay here with their family rather than be deported.
I've never been in favor of punishing a child for the actions of their parents. Do you? These children had no choice when their parents brought them here illegally. Can you imagine being judged for a blunder your parent committed? It defies logic and rationality. The children in this situation are innocent subjects of their parent's decisions. Their parents made some judgments that have come home to roost, but we should never throw out a child because of a parent's behavior.
These kids grew up as Americans. We invested in their years of education and many are ready to enter college. Some of them are working in our community. I bet, if you have students in school, they personally know or are friends with one or more.
They were brought here as undocumented immigrants, who arrived at a very young age, in circumstances far beyond their control. No, I don't agree with their deportation.
I know there is a mountain of other issues and legitimate questions connected to the illegal immigration agglomeration that Congress hasn't settled in decades, but in this particular piece, I'm only focused on the kids and the court decision that allows them to stay here with their loved ones.
No family is perfect, but I'm sure you love yours. And families may not always have it together, but together they have it all. On this one, I applaud the SCOTUS.
Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.