It is believed that the illegal migration of people into a country exerts pressure on the countries resources and poses a security threat to the lives and property of the citizens. This belief led to an increase in the deportation rate in recent years to about three times what it used to be.
However, the belief is only from a defensive perspective. What about the offensive? Deportation according to researchers, though not in all cases, has been tagged to be of grave danger. There are situations where deportation is a death sentence. The question, however, is when will deportation become a death sentence?
So, when will deportation become a death sentence? When a person’s life is been threatened in their home country they could seek refuge in a foreign land. The deportation of such person to their home country is a death sentence. Also, a person could seek asylum in another country. If such a person is deported, that is considered a death sentence.
Countries with a high rate of homicides and murder are highly dangerous to live in. There are also countries like Iraq that are prone to wars while some countries, like Somalia, have been declared as a failed state. Slamming citizens of these countries who seek refuge in foreign countries with deportation to their home country is slamming them with a death sentence.
What Are The Effects Of Deportation On The World At Large?
Studies carried out on people who were deported revealed that deportation has several impacts that are detrimental. It was found that the impact is not only on the individual that is been deported; it extends to the families they left behind. It also has an impact on the community at large.
Let’s look at some of these impacts on the deported individual, their families, and the community.
Effects Of Deportation On Individual:
Many individuals fled from their home country in search of greener pasture. Some ran from threats of criminal groups seeking to recruit them as a member. The deportation of these types of persons is to deny them a better life and new living.
There are several other people who have lived all their lives in a foreign country. However, they do not have all the legal paperwork required. Therefore, they get deported to their home country. These people are subject to emotional and psychological trauma.
The thought of starting all over again in a country termed to be their home country but they are alien to can cause all form of psychological disorder. Not only that, such an individual is susceptible to all forms of harm like kidnap, raped, torture, and even murder.
Cartels and criminal groups are usually on the lookout for deported individuals. They know how vulnerable deported individuals can be, therefore, they prey on their vulnerability and use them as a weapon to their cartel’s advantage. These are few of the numerous and unimaginable dangers and effects of deportation on individuals.
Effect Of Deportation On Families:
It is the nature of human to always find a place to settle down. The moment we find a place conducive and habitable, we settle down and begin to expand. For this reason, people can migrate from one country to another. They settle down and begin to build a family. They get married, give birth to children and acquire properties. It can be perplexing to find out that people who have established this type of feet in a foreign country eventually get deported.
Usually, the children born in this kind of union are considered the citizens of that particular country. They, therefore, cannot be deported along with their father or mother or in some cases, both parents. The fate of the children in this type of situation has remained a point of debate for several years. Antagonists of this idea site this disintegration of families as a point, opposing the idea of deportation.
It is a fact which can’t be debunked that a strong family structure is one of the pillars to building a solid nation. If family structures are then broken by the weapon of deportation, what type of nation are we trying to build?
Research over the years has concluded that children who have been forced to face separation from their parents usually face a lot of emotional, cognitive and behavioral defects going forward. If children are supposed to be the number one citizen of the nation, why do we try to break them with the pain of deportation?
Effect Of Deportation On Communities:
Deporting someone in a community or even the news of deportation sends shrivel down the spine of immigrants in that community. Immigrants begin to tread cautiously and try as much as possible to stay of trouble. Staying out of trouble sounds like a good idea but that’s if the trouble is a crime or an illegal activity.
In research done among immigrants, it was discovered that many immigrants try as much as possible to avoid direct contact with authorities such as calling the police or reporting criminal offenses. Many immigrants admitted that they would not call the police if they happen to be a victim of crimes. This is because contact with public institutions increases their risk of getting deported. This negatively affects the public life and wellbeing of people in the community.
It was also found that many immigrant mothers try to avoid the use of Medicaid. This directly affects the health and wellbeing of children in the community. Immigrants also reduce their participation in the community like the visit to parks, public libraries, etc. this lack of social integration negatively affects immigrants and their communities.
It is high time National law and the Judiciary began to look into better and more considerable ways to deal with immigration issues. This is opposing to the current method of slamming immigrants with deportation thereby sentencing them to death indirectly. Also, this is to avoid disintegrating society with the legality of deportation.