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  •  I don't care if it's a deal breaker or not (16+ / 0-)

    it's damn ugly. Might cause people concerns about taking in the children, especially those families who might be best suited to help them because they themselves are from that neck of the woods, but if they have even one family member of questionable immigration status (maybe a parent or grandparent) they're not going to risk it.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 11:03:31 AM PDT

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    •  That's exactly the problem. There are many (3+ / 0-)
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      people here legally who might have a relative who is not legal and that requirement will switch on the fear of getting someone in trouble by volunteering.
      Also, my understanding is that in some of these cases the unaccompanied child might have a parent in the U.S. who is not here legally. My view is it is better to reunite the child with the parent that house them in huge shelters.

      While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

      by Tamar on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 11:29:06 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed, but... (1+ / 0-)
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        Of course these children will be better off with their parents or other family members, in nearly every case. (Obviously, ORR should do its due diligence in every aspect of its care for these children, though, to be sure the kids go someplace safe.)

        But, bearing in mind that some family members who are undocumented may be fearful of discovery and deportation, ORR should also consider using other foster families--preferably in the communities where the children have family, whom they can see often even if they are not able to live with them.

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