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On Monday October 19, I watched Cristina’s show on Univision. A bunch of stories of illegal immigrants whose families have been separated and broken by the “Migra”. I have blogged on Bally, Missouri’s  circuit court judge spoiling an illegal mother from her child Carlos, but Cristina’s cases defies any understanding. There is not even the varnish of the “court order”.  Immigration officers Rambos forced the doors of an illegal mother, handcuffed her, tell her that she is going to be deported. The mother  does not even have a chance to say bye to her baby who happens to be asthmatic. All she has to do is to tell the Rambos the name of a neighbor who could take care of her kid while adopting parents are found for him. After all, the baby has the sad privilege of being born American. Hence he will stay in this country, away from his mother (Click on the photo below to see a video of the show).

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Cristina ‘s show highlights the decrepitude of family laws in this country and the indifference thereof for children and parents rights. Obviously, the INS has not heard the floods of platitudes that major channels – CNN included, with its informative but unequal broadcast Latinos in America- serve us, such as “latino culture builds on strong families” (which culture does not?) and latinos can succeed, too. Yet, if it has drawn buckets of tears form its audience, Cristina’s show is short of having raised up to the gravity of the problem. Nothing about the INS officers’ behavior and the latitude they take with human rights.

Not surprisingly, the absence of  feminist outrage after Cristina’s show was deafening. Feminist lawmakers must be too busy, during this child abuse- awareness month, to celebrate the glorious family laws’ enforcement in family court. While awaiting for immigration reforms, let me venture a suggestion: enforce mandatory, medical intakes of marijuana by INS officers. These folks need to cool off.

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First, they strip you from the right to see your children. Second they strip you from your money. That’s the job of Support Magistrates in family courts. If you have the bad luck to have your case dealt with by a zealous one such as Support Magistrate Grey, you will get a money  judgment order, by which your employer will have to deduct any amount her Highness decides to deprive you off.  It might exceed the retarded New York State guidelines of 17% of your gross income for one child and 25% for two. You might be left with just enough to pay your rent. It does not matter; you pay fellah.

In my case, things should  be easy. New York State Child Support Processing Center processes child support dues from payments coming from New York State. But New York State Processing Center is facetious. I recently received a “Notice Regarding Child Support and Certification for Tax Offset/Passport Denial”. I owe $393.92 in child support. Why? God knows.To find out why, I can fill up a Request for a administrative  review form, where it is nowhere suggested that  New York State might have made a mistake. In the meantime tough, compassionate New York State charges a 9% interest rate in child support arrears. And good luck to find out on what amount the interest rate applies.

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