TIME uses Kern family to illustrate deportation dilemma

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Kern County family is on the cover of TIME magazine this week, but it's not an upbeat story.

The main story in the magazine's Nation section is about the impact on families of the Trump Administration's crackdown on undocumented workers.

The story says stricter ICE enforcement is tearing tens of thousands of families apart. The author uses a family "near Bakersfield" to make the point.

The story describes a father who came to the U.S. in 2006 and didn't leave when his visa expired. His wife also is undocumented.

The mother and father spent a decade working in Kern's agricultural fields, picking  picking grapes, pistachios and oranges, the article says.

He had no other criminal record, not even a speeding ticket, but was considered a "fugitive alien" because he overstayed his visa.

About a year ago the father was arrested by plainclothes ICE agents in unmarked cars as he drove to work. Since he was deported, the mother and her three children struggle to make ends meet and live without their husband and father.

The mother has no citizenship rights in the United States. Her American-born children have no citizenship rights in Mexico. The president uses the terms, "anchor babies" and "chain migration" to describe situations like the one faced by this family, the article says, but "it doesn't actually work that way."

To read the TIME article, you can go to the magazine's website.

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