Children of illegal immigrants 'suffer most' from tight immigration laws

By: Lorena Estrada Email
By: Lorena Estrada Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Lourdes Garza, director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Knoxville, said Alabama's law has instilled fear in illegal immigrants. That was evident when more than 2,000 Hispanic students didn't go to school Monday.

"Just having one of your parents being undocumented brings a lot of stress into the home," Garza said.

One Harvard study found that 'fear of deportation' takes a toll on development and educational growth, especially since parents can't take part in their social or academic lives.

"They're afraid to go shopping, afraid to be seen, afraid to drive. They're going to have to make some drastic decisions," Garza said.

Some of those drastic decisions include moving to a different state or back to their country.

Dr. De Ann Pendry said requiring K-12 teachers to check the status of their teachers is "turning educators into law enforcers."

"It not only affects immigrants, it affects every school secretary that works in the front office of every single school in the state," she said.

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  • by Britni Location: Clarkrange on Oct 29, 2011 at 01:26 AM
    Your right Mack they are not u.s citizens however they are human beings and do deserve to be treated as such,please remember that some of these men and women are good honest people who are just trying to better themselves and/or thier familys.Yes it is wrong to be here illegaly and i do not agree with them coming here that way but it is a costly and lengthly process to get a green card and some are so desperate that they choose to come here as fast as they can even though it is very dangerous and against the law.Also the u.s requires a birth certificate, as they should, however some people do not have them as they are born into poor familys in poor little towns with only midwifes or less,they do not have the processes we do,the processes we are lucky to have.You all are right they should not come illegaly but America is a great country and we were lucky enough to be born here but they were not.America is a dream to them,a wonderfully beautiful dream,so yes deport them but please give them some respect.
  • by Mack Location: Texas on Oct 13, 2011 at 08:58 AM
    The statements by Garza would indicate that she thinks by enforcing the law for ILLEGALS you would be taking rights away as IF they were U.S. Citizens; they are ILLEGALS they are not U.S. Citizens!
  • by FTP on Oct 12, 2011 at 10:27 PM
    Illigals in school not to worry here in Knox. There closing schools here in Knox so not to worry! Oh an illigals don't come just from MEXICO ppl here in Knox are so
    how should I put this not to smart!
  • by Mack Location: Texas on Oct 12, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    Another sob story so the Elitists can push their agenda of Blanket Amnesty for their ILLEGALS. This article is a SOB story written as part of an organized campaign to generate support for more ILLEGALS to scurry across the border to the United States! The Elitist are no more concerned about these children then they are about United States Citizens; Just Follow the Money!
  • by Mack Location: Texas on Oct 12, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    These children have only their ILLEGAL parents to blame; they became ILLEGALS when their parents entered the U.S. as ILLEGALS and setup their own Children as ILLEGALS. They most likely continued the invasion with the misuse of the 14th Amendment to create an Anchor for U.S. Citizens to furnish benefits! The Politicians and Elitist Contributors are socializing benefits to the ILLEGALS for the ILLEGAL EMPLOYERS, veiled as social programs for U. S. Citizens, on the backs of U.S. Citizens through our assets such as the Education System, Social Security, and Health Care not to mention our National Security while privatizing the profits for themselves! The reason the ILLEGALS have the Anchors and feature the YOUNG ILLEGALS, furnishing a opportune SOB story, is to stay in the U.S. to receive the benefits, their Anchors are nothing more than throwaways for their agenda; if they were important to the parents they would take their children with them when they returned to their HOME countries.
  • by robin Location: houston on Oct 12, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    boo hoo you mean that americans have finally woken up & are going to hold us accountable for breaking the law & coming here ILLEGALLY & breaking more laws???--Consequences...what are those?
  • by robin Location: google on Oct 12, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    boohoohoo--guess what???--breaking the law & being here ILLEGALLY should have consequences!!!--go back to mexico!!!
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      by Britni on Oct 28, 2011 at 02:32 PM in reply to robin
      Not all illegal immigrants are from Mexico.
  • by Estoban Location: Phoenix, Az. on Oct 12, 2011 at 11:54 AM
    Children of unemployed Americans whose jobs have been stolen by felon illegal aliens, suffer most from unenforced immigration laws. One of every five American children now live in poverty and many of them go hungry each day!
  • by Robert Location: Delaware on Oct 12, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    Illegal aliens should NOT be in this country. The parents are to blame for putting their illegal alien children in this position. No pulling at a heart string here. Go back to your own country and all this fear will go away. I'm sure the children will get a very good education in your own country and the American taxpayers would have to pay for it. Every state should have this Alabama law.
  • by Lisa on Oct 12, 2011 at 12:09 AM
    I understand the plight of the undocumented, but what do we do? What is fair? Furthermore, why do parents insist on putting their children in this situation and then blame everyone else? Do we just let everyone who wants to come the United States come? I don't have the answers, but I wish someone would come up with some. We need accountability from everyone in this country to pay their fair share. Schools are overcrowded, we don't have a common language anymore and things are getting way to chaotic. This nation is becoming divisive and its not good for any of us. Immigrants you are welcome, but attempt to assimilate not just for us Americans but for the ability to be successful.
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