A heartbreaking story about a mom searching for her mentally disabled son who she says was illegally deported from California last month came out on the AP wire today. In the story, the mom says she wants the help of U.S. authorities, which has yet to be offered. I agree. We should offer every type of assistance possible.
And even if this guy wasn’t a legal U.S. citizen, I think there should be some sort of law against deporting people with disabilities. Back when I used to park my car on the U.S. side and walk across to my home in Tijuana, just about every other day I would see ICE officials dropping off van-loads of Mexicans who had been snagged trying to cross illegally. Some were just kids as young as 15, others were old women, and they were all basically shuffled through the gate and left to fend for themselves in Tijuana, one of the most dangerous border cities in the world. Sometimes, there were human-rights groups greeting the recent deportees, handing out informational fliers and offering bottled water, but more often than not, there’s no one. Just what, exactly, is a person with disabilities supposed to do?
Have we no heart?