This story of a woman who wrote a letter to Barack Obama pleading for help in her effort to prevent her husband from being deported only to have federal agents arrive at her house to arrest him is pretty terrible stuff.
But pull away from the specifics a bit. A judge in Baltimore ruled that Hervé Fonkou Takoulo of Cameroon is not a legitimate candidate for political asylum. That’s why he’s got to go. But asylum aside, Takoulo is also a 2008 graduate of Stony Brook University with credentials that apparently got him job offers in the engineering field, offers he had to decline since he lacks proper documentation. He’s not a terrorist. He’s not a criminal. He’s a bright 34 year-old guy from Africa who went to college and wants to do useful work in exchange for money. How does it help me for my tax dollars to be spent trying to deport him? How does it help you?
It’s all well and good to say that immigration laws need to be enforced, but our immigration laws also ought to make sense. We should be eager to get as many law-abiding, English-speaking college graduates as possible into our country. The fact that the United States of America is the kind of place that Takoulo wants to live is a great strength of our country, and we ought to be taking advantage of it.