In the article, “Amnesty? Let Us Be Vigilant and Charitable”, John F. Kavanaugh, a man who is both a Roman Catholic priest and a professor of philosophy, assaults the current governmental treatment of illegal immigrants, explores and attempts to justify the “unlawful” immigration of many Spanish individuals, and provides viable alternatives to the current laws surrounding this type of immigration.
Kavanaugh begins by introducing us to Maria, a woman who, due to her illegal immigration 25 years ago, has been torn apart from her family and deported to Ciudad Juárez, a city that has witnessed 600 crimes against women like Maria in the past 15 years. Kavangaugh’s introduction works to exploit the negative aspects of the American government’s current deportation system and how it can, knowingly, separate families and destroy the lives of productive individuals within our society. As Kavanaugh continues, his second paragraph brings into perspective the scope of the issue, quoting that there are potentially “12 to 14 million “undocumented aliens” (26) residing in the United States. Wh...
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