Deported St. Paul man killed, son wants to come back

The brewing crisis on America’s southern border should pretty much kill any chance of immigration reform in the future, the Washington Post reports today.

Republican support for any plan that allows undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. has plunged since February.

Nothing got done in Washington when there was actually support for getting something done, a new poll says. So there’s no hope for getting something done now.

So, the chances are the influx of young people trying to flee drugs and violence is going to continue.

Today, CBS News profiled the children of El Salvador, including Raul, who lived in Saint Paul for eight years. But only his father had temporary legal status. When it expired, the family was deported.

There’s a pretty good chance he’ll die in San Salvador, so his father tried to get him back into the U.S. He was caught in Mexico and sent back.

When he returned home, he found his father shot and left in a field.

“I cry every night,” Raoul says. “He taught me everything I know.”

“I wake up every morning and hope it’s not going to be my last day.”

  • jon

    The immigration problem has never been one of people crossing the border…
    It is one of people wanting to cross the border.

    We don’t have an immigration problem with Canada.
    The difference? People in Canada are happy living in Canada…

    Heck, we don’t even have an immigration problem with Mexico as far as I can tell… we have a refugee problem… Syria has almost as many deaths in roughly the same time frame as the drug wars in Mexico… we don’t call the people displaced by the fighting in Syria immigrants, we call them refugees.

  • MikeB

    Agreed that these are refugees.

    We should be judged by how we treat those who have less than we do.

  • Veronica

    The stories about why these kids are coming here–to escape the drugs, murders, and rapes– turns my stomach. They are not undocumented immigrants; they are refugees and MUST be treated as such.