Guest Columnist Luis G. Lobo is an executive in the banking industry.
Children are not held responsible for the actions of their parents.
In a free society, we long ago established that the actions of parents were not held against their children. Debtor courts may move against the assets of the parents, but not to the future assets or incomes of their children. A child can not be charged with the crime committed by a parent as long ago stated in the bible: Ezekiel 18:20 tells us, “The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son.”
Undocumented children brought into our country by their parents should NOT be removed against their will; given that they had no say in leaving their country of origin. There are approximately 2 million such cases in the United States, 800,000 having been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals through the issuance of the U.S. Employment Authorization Card, a vetted federal I.D.
My brother and I were brought to the U.S. from Costa Rica in the early 1960’s. A third brother was born in the U.S. and then my mother suffered a post-partum depression, so she returned to Costa Rica, with now, three children. After a year of recovery, she reunited with my father and two more siblings were born in the US. We were finally able to reunite as a family in 1970, at which time my brother and I became the first two Latino students to ever set foot in the Lincoln County (NC) Public School System. We lost a brother to a rare lung decease, but four of five siblings hold college degrees and are working, contributing members to the society in which we live. We recently celebrated 50 years in America. It started with a man landing at JFK with $50 in his pocket, pursuing the American Dream. It was not achieved alone, it took the effort and the help of many people. A hand-up is not a hand-out.
Eventually we all became American Citizens, but one must understand, immigration is a very difficult and traumatic experience for a young person. I recall crying myself to sleep knowing it could be many years until I saw my father as he worked to establish himself to bring his family to the US, then again, missing my grandparents and other family in Costa Rica upon permanently moving here.
America has been the beneficiary of the labor of those having been granted Deferred Action. These individuals were hired for their skills and future potential, not because they had been issued Deferred Action. In a full-employment economy, the challenge of every business today is for intellectual capital. Maybe the U.S. economy can sustain the loss of these working young people. Morally, this will be a collective stain on our sense of righteousness.
Americans are better than this.
Luis G. Lobo