The [Monday] Papers
"A Polish woman will step off an airplane in Chicago on Monday afternoon with a legal visa in her hand, coming back to live in the United States four years after her deportation sundered her family, in a rare case of the return of an immigrant who was expelled," the New York Times reports.
"The woman, Janina Wasilewski, was deported in 2007 after living for 18 years in the Chicago suburbs. Several applications she had filed to become a legal resident became hopelessly tangled in the immigration courts and were finally denied. She left behind her husband, Tony, also a Polish immigrant, but with his agreement she took their son, Brian, an American citizen, who was 6.
"The Wasilewski family became one of the nation's most visible examples of the impact of deportation, just as the pace of removals has accelerated under the Obama administration, to nearly 800,000 over the last two years. Images of the scene when Mrs. Wasilewski left from O'Hare Airport in June 2007 were circulated widely, with her husband gripping her and their son and weeping as he begged them not to cry."
"In a bid to remake the enforcement of federal immigration laws, the Obama administration is deporting record numbers of illegal immigrants and auditing hundreds of businesses that blithely hire undocumented workers," the Washington Post reported a year ago.
"The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency expects to deport about 400,000 people this fiscal year, nearly 10 percent above the Bush administration's 2008 total and 25 percent more than were deported in 2007. The pace of company audits has roughly quadrupled since President George W. Bush's final year in office."
"A researcher at the University of Chicago has words of caution regarding the Illinois Dream Act," KMOX in St. Louis reports.
"Roberto Gonzales, a professor in the School of Social Service Administration, studied students who immigrated to the U.S. illegally as children with their parents. Those who went to college did fine academically, but job prospects that make use of their degrees are dim without legal status . . .
"Gonzales says the solution is the federal DREAM Act, which confers legal status to individuals who came to the country with their parents before age 16 and either enroll in college or enlist in the military. It has been debated in Congress for 10 years, but has not passed."
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Posted on August 8, 2011
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