Immigration law at one time allowed the parents of a child born here to apply for and achieve legal status. That procedure was eliminated during a period of harsher feelings toward immigration policy, and possibly also influenced by higher unemployment rates brought on by generally poor economic factors. California and other jurisdictions now must deport the undocumented parents of a United States citizen. As discussed in a prior blog, with respect to younger children born here, this is done rather unceremoniously in a manner that destroys the family unit.
Recently, California immigrants who were brought into the United States illegally by their parents were given a bit of hope from 'The Dream Act.' Many hope it will be the first step towards acquiring citizenship for many immigrants.