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Illegal Immigrants Being Denied Motherhood: Mom Talk

Just because a worker is undocumented doesn't mean her children should be taken away from her.

We have a great country. Yet, sometimes there are blemishes.

One such blemish is named Circuit Court Judge David C. Dally in Missouri. He’s more like a pimple, really, a pimple on the behind of the American justice system.

Judge Dally terminated the parental rights of a mother because she was an undocumented worker. She was jailed for two years and her son was adopted against her will.

The boy, now 5, has been living with an American family, Melinda and Seth Moser. They call him Jamison. They all speak English. The birth mother, Encarnacion Bail Romero, is from Guatemala and speaks only Spanish.

I am an educated person. Still, I cannot begin to understand the complexity of the immigration problem we face. What I do know is that taking a child away from his mother because she is undocumented isn’t the answer. It has only made things worse.

The whole point of immigration law is to minimize the economic restraints undocumented people have on our country. By terminating Romero's parental rights, Dally created a costly legal battle. The termination of parental rights has been overturned. Back to court they go.

More importantly, there is a very confused little boy. He doesn’t know his mom. Taking a child away from a mother is against nature. I recognize that there are extreme cases when this has to be. The bottom line is that it is wrong. The lasting effects on the separation are immeasurable.

No, taking children away from the undocumented is cruel. Regardless of what any of us think about it, these parents are seeking a better life for their children. That is a very different motivation than what Seth Moser must have had when he reportedly spent a year in jail for felony possession of stolen property. He also allegedly has admitted to drug use.

The best interest of the child should be paramount here. The Mosers are all he has known since he was seven months old. And yet, the birth mother cannot be ignored. The best answer is that they all live together and find a way to co-parent this child.

If I had a vote, I’d send the bill for the lot of it to Judge Dally.

trivialthings February 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM
No Ray you're wrong. While they' re making a contribution to Social Security with their fake number they also sign up for all the Government subsidies they can get, paid for by the taxpayer, like free health insurance, subsidized housing, food stamps, SSI, the list goes on and on. So you see Ray what little they contribute through that fake Social Security number is dwarfed by the amount they take back from all the taxpayers. They do not pay lots of mney into the system, they drain lots of money from the system.
Ray February 13, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I was just addressing the social security-specific part of your post. They pay an annual $11 billion or so into social security but are not eligible to collect anything at retirement.
Scott Mcculloch February 13, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Ray-they may put 11 billion into social security but that is just a drop in the bucket compared to the billions that they siphon off in other social programs. The point being illegal immigrants cost each and everyone of us. have my own children and I can not afford to pay for someone elses.
fmagriz March 07, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Lindsey I think you are completely correct in this matter. I cannot believe all of the ignorant statements that come from these people who are commenting. I think the focus here is that a child has suffered. They took him away from his mother ( I am thinking the ladies who has commented against your statement cannot possibly be mothers.) Could they have done something else to the child, like find his biological father or next of kin? And I will say this again and again!!!! IMMIGRANTS DO TAKE JOBS THAT AMERICANS TURN THEIR NOSES UP AT!!! I've seen it with my own eyes and I have also witness Americans on unemployment because Obama now has extended it for 3 years and they flat out say, they are not going to work as long as they are getting unemployment. That leaves the illegal immigrants taking these jobs and proud to do it to feed their family!
Jean March 07, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Yes totally agree! She broke the law-what do you not understand???

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