The Washington Post shares an editorial by a woman who is upset that her illegal alien spouse could face deportation and a long period of exclusion from the country if caught:
The fact is, he could be deported and be banned from returning to the United States for 10 years. If he did get deported, returned to his home country, and applied for residency based on the difficulty it would cause our family, he wouldn't be granted the hardship waiver for the following reasons: [My considerable income, my college education, our family's good health, and our small family size]Somehow, though, even though some visa programs arguably amount to this, I am not sold on the notion that the wealthy and fortunate should be able to avoid immigration laws and effectively buy legal residency.
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Wouldn't it make more sense to amend the law and allow our family, and others in the same quandary, to stay together? A $10,000 fine would be more palatable than a 10-year separation, and it wouldn't cost American taxpayers a dime.