Sometimes you find a news story that just leaves you speechless. Like this one. How can a young man who was raised in San Diego by his U.S. citizen father possibly be in this country illegally? Sadly, Ruben Flores-Villar learned the hard way that a child born to a 16 year-old father prior to 1986 is not automatically a U.S. citizen. Had his mother been a 16 year-old U.S. citizen, he would have been a citizen. But his dad had to get a court order establishing paternity. Now he's litigating that disparity, presumably arguing an equal protection violation.
I'd guess his father didn't know that his own son wasn't a citizen, either, or he would have done something about it. What 16 year-old faced with trying to raise an infant son as a single parent would have thought he had to do something to establish his own son's citizenship? At 22, Ruben was convicted of a drug offense. Because he wasn't a U.S. citizen, he was deported, apparently to a country he hadn't lived in since he was a baby. But he came back (perhaps because it's where he's always lived with his family of U.S. citizens) and now he's facing charges of being in the country illegally.
The idea that this guy is a criminal who should be kicked out of the country he was raised in is deeply offensive to me. He didn't do anything wrong (other than the marijuana offense). (Fine, he was deported and wasn't supposed to come back, but good lord, this country is his frickin' home.) His dad didn't jump through the right hoop, a hoop he wouldn't have had to jump through had he been a woman or 3 years older. This guy should never have been deported in the first place and I refuse to fault him for coming back to the country he always believed was his.
Something's pretty amiss if this is the guy our immigration authorities are expending resources on.