Should They Stay or Should They Go?

I’m continuing my recent trend of highlighting news stories that haven’t gotten enough publicity.

So let me tell you about the Mira family of Minnesota, who come from my family’s homeland of El Salvador. They crossed into America illegally to flee MS-13, which is a homicidal gang of heavily tattooed thugs who run wild in that nation.

El Salvador Gangs

The Miras say that deporting them is a death sentence, because MS-13 members will kill them upon arrival. So they’ve applied for political asylum. The case has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Any ruling could have a major effect upon immigration law.

Now, we can argue whether their plight rises to the level of granting political asylum. I think it does, but perhaps a lawyer or sane conservative would like to educate me why it doesn’t.

However, I imagine the common rejoinder is “They came here illegally, so it doesn’t matter if we send them back and they get killed.” That argument, often made by people who consider themselves pro-life, only showcases the level of hostility and irrationality that the immigration debate brings out.

In any case, maybe it will work out for the Miras. Or maybe we’ll just send them packing because we can.


2 Responses to “Should They Stay or Should They Go?”

  1. August 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you for alerting me to this case, which I’ll be watching. It’s clear to me that these refugees get less sympathy than white ones in similar straits would.

  2. 2 Chris
    August 12, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Political asylum is a really tricky thing. It’s extremely subjective and really depends on which judge is trying the case. I think it really helps the applicant if they are not from Central America…

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