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Southern California Teen Denied Entry Back Into The U.S.

Fifteen-year-old Esmerelda Medina was denied entry back into the U.S. despite living in Southern California since she was a child, according to KABC in Los Angeles.

Medina was five when her parents brought her to the states on a visitor’s visa from Mexico. When the document expired, the family stayed for another 10 years.

Medina and her mother, Araceli Ramos, returned to Mexico four months ago to renew their visas at the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana. But when their undocumented status came to light, both the mother and daughter were denied entry back into California.

Medina was eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Watch the full KABC interview with Esmerelda Medina.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | October 20, 2012 at 8:04 a.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

This is wrong.

Someone brought here through no fault of their own when they were 5 and who has known no other country than this one is an AMERICAN.

If the law says otherwise, then the law is wrong and immoral and needs to be changed.

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Avatar for user 'HarryStreet'

HarryStreet | October 20, 2012 at 11:18 a.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

As a parent, I believe a child should not be punished for the crimes committed by their parents when they entered the U.S. illegally. Their parents were fully aware of what they were doing when they chose to violate our immigration laws, and too many are frightened to voice against this for fear of being singled out as racist and humane (hence the reason so many of us bravely comment on kpbs and npr using pseudonyms, myself included).

I think the question should be asked, if we allow children to remain in the U.S., the only country they've ever known, will this fix the illegal immigration problem? Or will it encourage more to come illegally?

I admit to deport 12 million illegal immigrants is morally wrong, and physically impossible, along with financially possible. I believe we probably should provide amnesty for some.

Those who've been lawbiding (not including their violation of entering our country illegally) should receive first consideration. Those who've done nothing to improve their livelihood, neighborhood, self-worth, committed crimes, etc. Well, I suppose they would be the ones to deport.

I also think some blame should go back to the governments of Third World nations. Their people are leaving because they have failed to provide them the hope they need to improve their lives. They should not be let off the hook so easily. We allowed President Calderon to voice opposition in Congress to Arizona's immigration law. Would Mexicans be so kind to allow Americans to voice disappointment in how they've sat back and allowed themselves to peacefully co-exist with the status quo?

Still, I'd like to see us all come to some compromise in this lifetime. If not, it's going to linger same as same-sex marriage and abortion.

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