Boy Scout to Be Deported

By Mary Ann Zehr — June 13, 2008 1 min read
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I’ve seen news accounts recently that a teacher, a high school valedictorian, and a Boy Scout were all expecting to be deported this summer—as they’d exhausted legal options to stay in this country.

A June 10 story in the Loudoun Times-Mirror about the Boy Scout answers some of the lingering questions I’ve had since visiting an immigration detention center in Miami about what happens to some of the unaccompanied minors who get picked up by federal immigration authorities, held in detention, and then released to their parents in the United States.

In this case, the boy who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to find his mother in the United States and became a Boy Scout is being deported by federal officials to El Salvador. The 13-year-old is leaving his mother behind in this country and going back alone.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.