How does a major democracy, one steeped in civil liberties and human rights act in a similar case but much worse? Can Israel learn?
Well, read this story:-
TACOMA, WASH.—A U.S. immigration judge has ordered a 38-year-old woman adopted by an American couple from Mexico when she was five months old to be deported back to her native country.
Tara Ammons Cohen, who has been in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma since July 8, 2009, has been fighting to stay in America ever since. She fears being deported to Mexico—where she hasn’t lived since she was an infant, doesn’t speak the language and knows no one—would place her in danger.
...Immigration laws do not recognize adoption as a special circumstance in deportations.
Judge Tammy Fitting’s ruling essentially denied every aspect of Cohen’s appeal except to agree that a drug conviction that led to her deportation problem was not a serious crime requiring her automatic removal.
...The ruling this week stunned Cohen and Rios. After an October hearing, both had hoped she might be home with her husband and two young children in Omak for the holidays.
“I’m devastated,” Cohen said Thursday in a telephone interview from the detention centre. “My husband (Jay) is appalled by the system and angry the system says his wife is not going to be in danger if she goes back to Mexico.
“I know nothing about Mexico.”
...Her parents didn’t get her naturalized nor did she when she had the chance. By the time she tried to get citizenship as the spouse of an American, she was already in trouble with the law.
Cohen was arrested in 2008 on theft and drug-trafficking charges...Because she was not considered a citizen or a legal resident, her drug charge made her an automatic candidate to be deported...
Besides the name Cohen, our interest is piqued.
Can Israel - and its detractors - gain a perspective from this?