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.
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