Undocumented Harvard Student Can Stay in the U.S.

ICE has decided not to deport Harvard student Eric Balderas after all. They are going to put him on deferred action status.

Balderas has lived here since the age of 4. He was detained and given a summons to show up for the beginning of removal proceedings when he was boarding a flight from San Antonio, where his mother lives, back to Boston.

These cases illustrate the need for comprehensive immigration reform. ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that focuses first on criminal aliens who pose a threat to our communities while we continue to work with Congress to enact reform,” ICE spokeswoman Cori Bassett said. “ICE uses its discretion on a case-by-case basis, as appropriate, and has the authority to grant a deferral of a removal action based upon the merits of an individual’s case and a review of specific facts.”

None of the articles say whether his mother is a citizen. I hope ICE also leaves her alone.

It's time for Congress to get busy and pass the DREAM Act.

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    So when ICE agents taser a handcuffed guy (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Joan in VA on Sat Jun 19, 2010 at 09:21:06 PM EST
    to death, that is smart and effective enforcement? What good is discretion at HQ if the presumed undocumented don't live long enough to get a ruling? The agents don't seem to have gotten the memo about the image makeover.

    Didn't the tasering incident happen prior (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 01:24:42 AM EST
    to ICE announcing its "new" mission?

    It appears to me that ICE (none / 0) (#1)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Jun 19, 2010 at 09:04:18 PM EST
    is selectively enforcing the law, although I would agree that it would hurt the individual who has been here since he was 4.

    The unanswered question is what is the status of his mother. I would guess she is undocumented and should be deported.

    Downright embarassing... (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by kdog on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 08:02:05 AM EST
    deporting somebody who's been here since the tender age of four was even up for debate.

    If the mother is paperless and was able to get her son to Harvard, I say she's just the type of person you'd want in your neighborhood...lets hope she's left alone.


    Sure but .. (none / 0) (#5)
    by Erehwon on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 08:30:16 AM EST
    I hope you are not stating that she should be deported if her son had only managed to get into a local state college. That sure would be elitist! :-(

    It does not matter (none / 0) (#6)
    by nyjets on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 09:13:49 AM EST
    If the mother and/or son are not American citizens and they do not have a legal right to be here, they should be deported.

    there is legal right (5.00 / 4) (#7)
    by Jen M on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 09:35:19 AM EST
    and there is just plain right. Not always the same.

    I'm inclined to give young kids who grew up here, graduated from high school and went on to college a little slack.  THEY did not break the law. They were brought, assimilated, and do not know their passport country.

    There is no justice without compassion.


    I agree (none / 0) (#8)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 05:35:15 PM EST
    That's why I have said we should give everyone here now a Green Card.....after we have shut the border to stop people coming through.

    The primary problem with that (none / 0) (#9)
    by nyjets on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 07:35:43 PM EST
    The primary problem with that is we are essentially rewarding people who break the law.
    Second, our economy is being destroyed. One reason is outsourcing. The other reason is non American citizens taking jobs from Americans.
    IOW, we can not take any more immgrants.

    We takin in (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Jen M on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 09:18:19 PM EST
    plenty of scientists.  We need to.

    No we do not (none / 0) (#13)
    by nyjets on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 12:07:15 AM EST
    There are plenty of American citizens who are scientists. However companies will not hire them because they will hire non-American citizens for less, either via outsourcing of work visa.

    Uhm (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Jen M on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 06:15:40 AM EST
    I work in a medical research facility.

    you have no idea (none / 0) (#17)
    by CST on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 09:37:14 AM EST
    what you're talking about.

    A brain drain is not the way to get companies to hire Americans.  If they can't hire who they want, they will move their business.

    Kicking out the best and the brightest, no matter where they are from, is NOT the way to stay competitive in a global economy.

    We are in a global economy.  You can't turn back the clock on that one.  What you are suggesting will just send businesses packing.  And there are NOT enough American scientists.


    Incorrect on 2 counts (none / 0) (#19)
    by nyjets on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 11:34:10 AM EST
    Companies are not leaving the country because of the 'brain drain.' They are leaving because they can hire people from other countries at a fraction of the cost.
    There are plenty of American who are scientest (and computer programmers, engineers, etc) but can not find a job because companies are employing non American citzens at the fraction of the cost.
    You are correct about one thing. In addition to keeping non -American citizens out of this country, we need to also punish companies who outsource jobs.

    How about... (none / 0) (#21)
    by sj on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 04:41:15 PM EST
    ... we stop the outsourcing first.

    That's where the "good" jobs are going.  Then we aren't all fighting for over the service/no benefits/part-time jobs.

    Then we can see how well our society does without immigrants.


    But of course... (none / 0) (#15)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 08:52:28 AM EST
    in my book if your paperless and merely stay out of the systems clutches, you should be in line for a medal of freedom.

    It's Harvard's fault (none / 0) (#10)
    by diogenes on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 08:11:06 PM EST
    Perhaps Harvard should not admit students who are not in this country on a legal green card, citizenship, or student visa.  Maybe, as with employers, Harvard should be penalized for enrolling illegal aliens.  
    Maybe this guy could be deported and be enrolled in Harvard on a student visa, as many Mexicans are.  Many people with student visas manage to marry or get work visas to stay after graduation.

    What do you see as the benefit to (none / 0) (#11)
    by oculus on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 09:00:40 PM EST
    U.S. in deporting this young adult?

    Simple (none / 0) (#16)
    by nyjets on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 09:31:09 AM EST
    All of resources that would of been going to a non-American citizen would be going instead to American citizens. This country is barely able to take care of American citizens. It can not handle additional non-American citizens.

    Job market for new college grads (none / 0) (#18)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 10:23:20 AM EST
    with undergrad degree is tough.  But seems likely a Harvard grad will find something providing a living wage.  And then he will be paying taxes.  

    Yes (none / 0) (#20)
    by nyjets on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 11:34:43 AM EST
    Yes maybe by taking a job from an American citizen.

    Deportation benefit (none / 0) (#22)
    by diogenes on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 08:50:31 PM EST
    It would have to be deterrence in a societal sense.  I suppose that if Obama put a line in the sand for ALL future cases of this sort by taking federal aid away from colleges that enroll illegals, then the deterrence to the individual would not be necessary and there would be no purpose in deporting him.  It really is much more fair to penalize the colleges and employers than the individual aliens anyway.