AlterNet has been doing a really good job at showing the real stories behind the immigration debate. The latest follows a mother from Guatemala who left her six children behind to earn money for her family. According to Gloria:
My husband worked, but he drank all his earnings. I had to work full-time and take on extra jobs so that I could feed our six children.” Though her two older children, 15 and 20, worked alongside her at a fireworks factory, the younger ones ranged from 2 to 9. “We lived humbly,” she adds, “in a rickety shack made of shabby wooden boards.”
Gloria, and many other mujeres, watch the current Congressional debate with hope that they may be able to return to see or retrieve their children and return to the United States. People can debate who deserves to be here and who doesn’t deserve to be here while ignoring the very real plight of families on both sides of the border.
Harvard researcher Carola Suarez-Orozco reports that in an ongoing study of more than 400 immigrant children, 85 percent experienced separation from one or both parents during the immigration process. According to Suarez-Orozco, such children are likely to exhibit symptoms of depression.