Thousands of deportees could come back to SD, legally

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SAN DIEGO – As the debate over immigration reform continues in the nation’s capitol, San Diego’s pro-immigrant community has joined others across the country urging lawmakers to include a provision that would extend legalization to those who’ve been already deported.

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Couple deported in 2007. Their children were left behind in San Diego.

“It was like what you see in the movies where all the cops come into the house, it was like a nightmare, my sister was crying, my brother was too,” said 22-year-old Leslie Nuñez.  She recalled what it was like when she saw her two parents get deported back in 2007. “I had to grow up very fast.”

At age 16, she and her two younger siblings were left alone in their San Diego home.

“It was traumatizing for my sister and my brother,” said Nuñez. “I had to pay the bills. I had to make sure there was food in the house.”

“This kind of story is told again and again,” said immigration activist Andrea Guerrero.

Families separated by deportation could see some relief if immigration reform passes with a provision to allow hundreds of thousands of deported immigrants like Nuñez’s parents, a chance to come back into the country legally.

“This represents the best of our American values, bringing families back together,” said Guerrero.

But the measure has sparked controversy over what effects could an influx of hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants have in the nation’s dwindling job market.

“There are pros and cons,” said economist at San Diego State University Catalina Aumedo-Dorantes, who’s spent 15 years studying the economic impact of immigration in San Diego.

Aumedo-Dorantes said another issue raised by this provision is once deportees are allowed to come back in, how many more could come with them.

“What we saw in the 80’s is that immigrants who became legalized then brought in more family through sponsorship. So another question is what is the impact of having all this inflow?” said Aumedo-Dorantes.

The effects of not tending to the issue of family separations when heads of households are deported could turn into an even bigger cost for taxpayers, Aumedo-Dorantes said.

“If the person has 2 or 3 kids and the 2 or 3 kids go hungry, they have house insecurity, and they have failing grades and they get involved in criminal behavior,” said Aumedo-Dorantes.

In the meantime, Nuñez, who had to drop out of school to support her brother and sister, is hopeful mom and dad will one day come back home.

Deportations are at an all-time high, last year roughly 400,000 undocumented immigrants were deported and some experts estimate nearly a quarter of those deportations came from Southern California.


  • Dapandico

    Making illegals, legal. Adding more to the Plantation of Dependency funded by the tax payers.

  • Not very PC

    Nice work laraza!
    Not only are you able to single handedly take down what was once the eight largest economy in the world(California). Now you are pulling this garbage, getting illegals that had already been found to be in this country illegally and deported. What a magnificent magical act!!! Stinking politicians catering to laraza and the illegals.

  • guest

    I lived in National City while in the Navy. Mostly Hispanic, If you ever wondered what living in Messico is like, move there. What a toilet. The last thing this civilized country needs is more third worlders. Take the legal ones as well.

  • Sandra

    Awesome story…..glad to see ths family is being reunited.
    Fox5 might want to consider disabling comments for any story that includes the topic of immigrants. apparently IQ's are not required to post comments.

    • Johnnybbaby

      Well Sandra, obviously you must be rich because most of us cannot continue to support the programs these ILLEGALs are abusing!!

      Maybe you don't have a problem watching your money disappear, but us tax payers do.

    • klauss

      Sandra, did your family also jumped the fence? you still have some mexicans south of the border you need to be "reunited" with??

      • Eric

        Klauss! let me auto correct you big guy. What you meant to ask was "Sandra, did your family also jump the fence?' not jumped
        If your going to sit on your computer and insult Mexican immigrants in English, at least do it correctly.
        oops your stupid is showing.

  • Tom

    Nothing keeping the kids here but their choice. Want to live with mommy and daddy, move. What part of ILLEGAL Immagrent do people not understand. Break the law and pay the piper. I got an idea, give The Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia back to Mexico, but they have to keep the corrupt/hypocrite politicians.

  • klauss

    Border Patrol should shoot them on the spot( fence) in their boat, round up all illegals and put them in labor camps….whatever, I just don't wanna see those cockroaches

  • Guest

    "….my sister was crying, my brother was too,” said 22-year-old Leslie Nuñez. She recalled what it was like when she saw her two parents get deported back in 2007.

    tough…thank your ILLEGAL madre y padre for that situ.

    Growing up here in SD County since the mid-60's i always thought what a paradox, how ironic to have the predominately mid-class USA right next door to a crude dirty toliet country like Messico.
    With a COMPLETELY different set of values, morals…..etc etc.
    we have 7 Hispanic people living next door, the ones that got booted out b4 them?…11. and the yard, side of house is a trash pile, crap hole….come see.

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