Over at Reason’s Hit & Run blog, Mike Riggs writes of an immigration case that is indicative of the broken nature of the nation’s immigration system. Nadia Habib is a junior psychology major and an honor student who is attending Stony Brook University in New York. Her father has a green card and has been living in the United States for 20 years, and all three of her siblings are American citizens.
Yet despite living in the United States since she was brought here by her mother when she was 20 months old, she is expected to be deported back to Bangladesh alongside her mom tomorrow. “I feel like I’m just going to be in a room depressed. I don’t know anybody there. I don’t speak the language,” Habib told a local news station.
Her planned deportation comes at a time when the Obama administration has made repeated promises to focus its deportation on immigrants who’ve committed crimes while in the U.S. “Although Obama has promised not to be going after non-criminal cases, he’s going after Nadia and her mom,” noted Hunter College student Sonia Guinansaca, who works with the New York State Youth Leadership Council and is fighting Habib’s deportation. Local students have launched campaigns on Facebook in her support and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) has spoken up against her deportation as well. Both Habib and her mother are expected to be deported at 11 a.m. tomorrow.