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Mejia family (Photo Associated Press)Many New Yorkers, myself included, are critical about the MTA’s (Metropolitan Transit Authority, which runs the city’s train system) performance.  I don’t have a Twitter account, but I know about the twitter feed Fake MTA, which helps me endure the bumps of my daily commute. One Fake MTA twit stated something like ” in order to speed up service, trains are no longer going to make any stops.”
Sadly enough, with the family court system, people don’t have the recourse of humor. The pinacle of absurdity has been reached. Family courts do not make procedural stops any more as they rush to deprive people from their parental rights.
Check out the Mejia family’s case. Alfonso Mejia and Margarita Almaraz were undocumented immigrants from Mexico living in the U.S., with two of Almaraz children from a previous marriage.  According to Mark Stevenson’s Associated Press article, the couple did not go to court after accusations of child abuse were pressed against them. The couple is deported anyway without the children, born in the US. In Pennsylvania courts too, they are fellows like Dally, the infamous judge that deprived Encarnación Bail Romero of her parental rights: Proceedings started to terminate Mejia and Almaraz’s parental rights and to adopt out the children to an American family. Fortunately, the Chester County judge accepted that the testimonies be made with Skype from Mexico City, and the family was reunited after two years of separation.
Obviously, such ordeals could be avoided if parental rights of undocumented immigrants were to be acknowledged in the first place.

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