What in the world is a sheriff's department doing wasting tax-payer money to arrest, prosecute and deport law abiding, working, contributing people who've been in this country since they were toddlers and know no other home or culture.
I can totally understand deporting folks who've landed in jail because of criminal activity. That makes perfect sense. But honest to God, I personally think this is ridiculous. These kids are American, in every respect. They are not Mexican. My daughter has a friend in this situation. They've grown up here and all they know is this home, this school system, this town, these friends. And they are good kids.
"To go after productive citizens who have been our neighbors and friends for years? It's insane," said Marilyn Tyler, a retired librarian from Burlington who knew the arrested woman. "We can't just stand by and let this happen."
The librarian, Marxavi Angel Martinez, 23, is a former cheerleader and honor student who grew up in the county, friends say. Few who knew her had any idea that her parents brought her from Mexico illegally as a toddler.
Why? Why is Alamance County going after former honor students and their entire families now? I know they have a duty to enforce the law, but this is just mean. Maybe it's just me, but I sincerely believe that it is very possible to enforce the law and keep your community safe and protected without being an asshole about it.