Apparently, this issue of what to do with the children of illegal immigrants who are jailed or detained, is one that goes on throughout the country. Here, in Missouri, where this current case is under review, there are plenty of articles on this adoption case.
Personally, I am very interested in this adoption case for a few reasons. First, it’s taking place in my home state. Second, it’s about adoption and that is always a topic of interest to me. I’m always trying to read current events regarding adoption policies and personal adoption stories.
Lastly, the birth mother of one of my children was an illegal immigrant. She did go through the proper channels to terminate her parental rights but she could easily have been in the middle of one of these legal battles.
Living in the Midwest, I admit that the issue of illegal immigrants is not one I thought of often. But now that one of my family members is one, I feel obligated to learn as much as I can about their plight and what their legal rights are. In this forum, I am not trying to begin any “What should the US do with the illegal immigrant situation?” discussion. I am just saying that in the adoption community, where we are advocates for children, we should be aware of the children who are born in the US to illegal immigrants. The fate of these children, if their parents are jailed, detained or deported, needs to be figured out. I have no idea what the right answer is. For example, in this ongoing Missouri case, should the boy be taken away from his adoptive parents whom he loves dearly? Or should he go to Guatemala with his birth mother, who he does not know? There is no easy and obvious answer which doesn’t bring heartache to someone.
Do you have any additional thoughts on this legal case?
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