Thursday, March 08, 2007

"Children Stranded After Immigration Raid"

That's the headline, which of course could have just as easily read "Children Stranded as a Direct Result of their Felonious Parents Caught Breaking The Law", though my title is admittedly longer and harder to cram into a headline. Anywho, the sob story from the AP:
Dozens of young children were stranded at schools and with baby sitters after their parents were rounded up by federal authorities who raided a leather goods maker suspected of hiring illegal immigrants, authorities said Wednesday.

Immigration officials said 327 of the 500 employees of Michael Bianco Inc., mostly women, were detained Tuesday by immigration officials for possible deportation as illegal aliens.

About 100 children were stuck with baby sitters, caretakers and others, said Corinn Williams, director of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts.

"We're continuing to get stories today about infants that were left behind," she said. "It's been a widespread humanitarian crisis here in New Bedford."

Company owner Francesco Insolia, 50, and three top managers were arrested. A fifth person was arrested on charges of helping workers obtain fake identification.

Well, it looks like Bank of America will have a few less customers, huh?

Before someone accuses me of being a heartless bastard, let me state in no uncertain terms that I have incredible sympathy for these children, just as I would have for any child whose parents have done something horrible and caused their kids to suffer. I mean, if a child's father is a serial killer or a bank robber, the father WILL go to jail and the child will undoubtedly suffer, through no fault of his/her own.

As for the raided company, I say "Sucks for you!" Try following the law next time, you greedy sacks of kimchi, and you won't have to worry about such a P.R. black eye and legal nightmare!