Republicans and Democrats want migrant families to stay together, but what about the grandparents?

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  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    Nov. 29, 2018 12:02 a.m.

    what do the VOTERS want?

  • Immifriend Sandy, UT
    Nov. 28, 2018 3:37 p.m.

    With the Trump Administration ending catch-and-release, and with the administration fighting to end chain migration, the nation's detention of migrant children has swollen to a record 14,000.
    When children enter the U.S., they cannot head for their parents or other family, but are being detained, instead. So, while they are not being separated from their parents at the border, is this so different? They are being kept apart.
    Again, that's a record 1,4000 children being detained, and the good portion of them are being held as a result of efforts to end catch-and-release and chain migration. These are children being separated from the natural and nurturing bonds of family in the name of policies we fear are allowing criminals into the country.
    Who, in the end, has it ended up we are afraid of?
    I think back to early in Trump's campaign, when he suggested they were not sending their best people. This surely is what has been wrought from that thinking. We've blocked the children off.
    -- John Jackson (aka Immifriend)

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2018 3:31 p.m.

    I want families kept together their own country.

    Legal immigration for everyone!

    Nov. 28, 2018 12:52 p.m.

    I support legal immigration but I'm very much opposed to an open border with Mexico, Canada or any other country. Most of my Latino friends (most of whom have entered legally) have expressed to me similar feelings. Those who feel that more should be done to help those trying to enter illegally can find a reputable charity specific to helping immigrants from those countries. That way my income isn't "redistributed" in the form of higher taxes. The "help" money would be coming from those who want more change. Yes, I have been contributing many hundreds monthly for many decades to my church which has a solid humanitarian program, some of which is used to support these countries in times of special need.

  • Paul in MD Montgomery Village, MD
    Nov. 28, 2018 12:15 p.m.

    Although the article doesn't come right out and say it, the way it mentions children being separated from parents in detention infers that the current administration chose to do that. What the Trump administration chose to do was enforce the law - detain people crossing the border illegally. The separation of children into different facilities was a decision imposed by the courts long before Trump started running for president. In that case, the administration was following lawfully given court direction as a result of enforcing the law.

    No one wants to see families split up. But the current holding facilities aren't designed to hold children and keep them safe, even with their parents.

    The solution isn't to ignore the law. Immigrants who follow the law are welcomed, and don't have to look over their shoulders and live in fear of deportation. Asylum isn't automatic, and shouldn't be. It also shouldn't take years to get their hearing. The law definitely needs to be reworked to ease the burden on the immigrants and the courts.

  • Bloodhound Provo, UT
    Nov. 28, 2018 10:05 a.m.

    I suggest we open the borders wide for one year to anyone that wants to come. To provide for the welfare needs of all these people, I suggest we tax bleeding hearts, Hollywood, and Churches at 90 percent for that year. After the year is over, we can re-evaluate the situation. 90 percent tax rate might not be enough.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 28, 2018 9:40 a.m.

    Our nation is a country of families including grandparents and grandchildren. The tradition of many cultures, especially those from Latin America have extended families.

    For two centuries, the United States of America has been a light of freedom to the people of the earth.

    Our President and his base are becoming like the leaders of many countries around the world. These people are banking on our system will be better than being shot, killed, tortured, imprisioned, or harassed daily, especially at night.

    We are the light to the oppressed historically.

    God has a plan for our country.

    Tyrants want to destroy God’s plan.

  • Ben there, Done that! Sun Prairie, WI
    Nov. 28, 2018 9:01 a.m.

    Most American favor legal immigration and even increasing that # and/ or streamlining the process. The easy answer to keeping foreign families together is have them stay in their country until they can immigrate legally. Personally I'm all in favor of allowing more people in but I want to make sure it is on our terms and that they can abide by the laws.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    Nov. 28, 2018 7:05 a.m.

    No one really wants any family members excluded.

    ***But that is exactly why we have to be very selective about who we let in legally in the first place. ***
    Once Jed is in, you can't prevent cousin Jethro, Ellie May, or Auntie Em from moving into the neighborhood.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Nov. 28, 2018 12:29 a.m.

    I think the question is extended family, vs immediate family. Immediate family being parents and children, vs extended family which includes the grandparents, siblings, siblings spouse, siblings spouse family etc.

    Up until the past four decades, immediate family was the norm, since then extended families have been the norm. Extended families greatly reduce the diversity of our green cards. Family unification has push Latino/Hispanic families to 66% of our green cards, reducing white migrants to 17% and Blacks to 6% (source:PEW research).

    If we limit it to grandparents, then the next step would be to re-unite their other children here.