I’ve posted here and here about the Missouri case involving a boy who was placed for adoption when his Guatemalan mother was jailed during a raid on her place of employment. Last night, a segment on the case aired on ABC News with Diane Sawyer; yesterday, an article titled Adoption Battle over 5-Year-Old Boy Pits Missouri Couple Vs. Illegal Immigrant ran in Hispanically Speaking News.
The case will go to trial with a different judge on February 28, 2012.
This situation points to only one of the many complexities faced by people who enter this country without documentation. From Hispanically Speaking News:
Without any policies in place to regulate the care of U.S. citizen children while their parents are detained, immigrant parents are unable to attend court hearings, contact caseworkers, complete parenting classes or take any of the necessary steps to meet the strict timelines dictated by juvenile courts.
On one level or another, everyone involved in this case has suffered, and may well bear scars from it for years to come.