It’s not an easy problem to resolve. When adults violate the law, there are penalties that are imposed upon conviction. The judges have some leeway in sentencing which is consistent with their function. But within sentencing guidelines, it’s not hard to figure out the price one will pay if arrested and convicted of committing specific crimes.
Then there is the matter of children. Even when they chose to commit a crime, the consequences are typically not the same as what an adult would face. Then there is the problem of what to do with children who committed a crime not by their own choice, but by the choice of an adult such as a parent. And this is where we are with the children of illegal immigrants. They were, in a sense, smuggled into the US. And this at an age when they had neither any choice in the matter, nor any power to choose their destiny. Yet they remain here in violation of the law. Hence the problem.
Bambadjan Bamba, who stars in NBC’s “The Good Place” was born in the Ivory Coast. He was brought here illegally and has sought protection under Mr. Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Trump has expressed sympathy for such persons, but at the same time has insisted the law must be enforced. Hence, Mr. Bamba may soon need to pursue his television career from the Ivory Coast.
“On Tuesday, a well-known actor on NBC’s ‘The Good Place’ who was born in the Ivory Coast revealed that he is an illegal immigrant, stating of himself and his fellow illegal immigrants, ‘We’re done with fear. We’re here to stay. Let’s push. Let’s fight, because nothing is going to be given for free.’”
The problem is that if children of illegals are allowed to stay in the US, this will encourage other illegals to smuggle themselves and their kids into our country with the knowledge that even if they get caught, their kids can stay. That incentive to illegal immigration must be removed.
In an exclusive interview with the Times, Bamba opined:
“‘Immigrants are not criminals. We’re not here to take away your jobs. We’re here to give back. We’re not just Mexicans or Latino. We’re black, too. We’re from the Middle East, from Asia, too. We’re your neighbors, your doctors, the teachers of your children, and sometimes we’re on TV in your home, characters that you love. We’re just one of you. The only difference is [that you have] a certain piece of paper that’s supposed to allow you to navigate freely in the country.’”
But they are criminals because they are in the country in violation of the law. That they are not violent criminals is appreciated. But that does not make things okay.
While Mr. Bamba may not be an American, he certainly appears to have latched on to the complaints made by the notorious group, Black Lives Matter.
“Bamba continued, ‘It’s a little different when you’re black and you’re an immigrant because the cop doesn’t care that you’re an immigrant at first. You’re just black. You’re dealing with all those issues. When he finds out you’re an immigrant, he’s like, “Oh, okay. I got you now.”‘”
Being a Hollywood star should have no bearing on the matter. Mr. Bamba should take his money, go back to the Ivory Coast and do one or both of two things. Use some of his money to benefit his fellow citizens of the Ivory Coast, and/or apply for immigration to the U.S. according to law.
If he won’t leave, he should be deported.