The new immigration law would affect those who were brought to this country as small children, but I doubt that the kids understand the law. I'm even having trouble with it.
After I get home I want to e-mail my congressperson to clarify one specific portion of the law. I know that it affects undocumented immigrants under age 30 who have no criminal record. What would that mean for the kids I see who are locked up because they did something against the law? Usually misdemeanors disappear at age 18, but after that point a misdemeanor would show up on a permanent record. In the case of the new immigration law, are the kids equally protected or have they already blown their chances to avoid deportation?
I need to clarify this for myself. And, if the kids are no longer apt to be deported - even though they are sitting in Juvenile Hall today - I would like for them to know that so they can curb their behavior in the future. It's one more incentive that may be effective for some of the kids I see. Some truly want to change their lives.