Friday, July 22, 2005

Immigrant students saved from deportation

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the deportation case against 4 Latino students from Arizona was thrown out after a judge ruled that border agents near Buffalo questioned the students based on their race. The border agents also made some racially offensive comments to the students, who were in Buffalo to take part in a high school science fair competition.

It's really sad that stuff like this continues to happen. While these kids are undocumented, they came to the country with their parents when they were small children and went to school most of their lives in the United States. This is another instance of how the power of fear of the unknown (in this case, immigrants from Latin America) can translate into racist and often counterproductive actions. Why should these students (3 of them are now in college in the U.S.) be deported because of their parents' actions?

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