One of those maybe-insolvable problems is illegal immigration. It’s very easy in the abstract to say, “If they’re illegal, send ‘em home.” Would that it really were that easy.
There’s been a big crackdown here on Maui by the immigration people and it’s caused a backlash, mostly coming from religious leaders and legal alien residents, who find themselves having to deal with some very human reality.
What should be done, for instance, about the illegal worker (a man) who meets another illegal here (a woman) and marries her? Both are working and paying their way. Eight years later, they have two small kids.
One day the immigration people stage a routine raid on his place of employment. He’s discovered and arrested, taken back to the rental apartment where this wife is also discovered and arrested. Two days later, he’s shipped back to Guatemala, she’s deported to Honduras, and the two children are separated and placed in foster homes. The kids, you see, are both American citizens because they were born here, but are without passports.
Who’s better off as a result of all this? The husband? The wife? The kids? For that matter, is society better off?
I really don’t know how situations like these should be handled. But I do know that no one is better off.