Opinion: Tearing Apart a Family

Quibbl Politics writer Sam Wexler discusses his thoughts on DACA through the lens of a family affected by DACA and U.S. immigration policy in this Opinion Piece. 

By Sam Wexler

In recent months, DACA, or rather a solution for undocumented people that were brought here as children, has been one of the most talked about political issues. The key word here, in my opinion, is people. Whatever you call them, “Dreamers”, Undocumented, Illegal Immigrants, it is still an inalienable truth that these are people, i.e. human beings. Maybe it is that realization that has led to a somewhat bipartisan agreement that a humane solution is needed, one that grants these people a path to citizenship in the only country they have ever known. It is the right thing to do and it is an issue that deserves the attention it has received.

But what about those who don’t fit neatly into the DACA category? This brings me to the case of Amer Adi. Adi was deported by US Immigration authorities after having lived in the United States for nearly 40 years. Why you may ask? According to authorities, Adi’s first marriage was a sham, one that was intended to allow Adi to gain US citizenship. The accusation is based off a statement given by Adi’s first wife, a statement she later recanted in a signed affidavit. To be honest, I don’t know if Adi did or did not commit marriage fraud, but truth be told, who cares? Adi, born in Jordan to Palestinian parents, came to this country at the age of 19 with $300 in his pocket. Adi thrived, established businesses, built a beautiful family, and was, by all accounts, a “pillar” of his Youngstown, Ohio community. Adi was a picturesque example of the “American Dream,” yet none of that mattered as he was deported to Jordan after four decades in the United States.

I don’t believe we should have open borders and I believe it is a country’s right to decide who they want to let become citizens, but we cannot sacrifice our humanity in the process. Regulated immigration should be used to protect and to allow a state to properly function. I look at the picture of Adi and his family, it truly breaks my heart, because I know there are other families that will face the same fate for no good reason. Is this what we are afraid of?  Is this what our government is spending our tax money on? While the government was likely within their legal right to deport Adi, we cannot let the letter of the law override our basic human decency. We have gained nothing by deporting Adi and in the process a beautiful family was torn apart for no reason. Because of this pointless and inhumane action, Adi is worse off, his family is worse off, and his community is worse off. We, the American people, are worse off.

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