Nearly two million individuals have been deported under President Obama’s administration, setting the record for deportations under any U.S. president. Often this separates families, even taking immigrant parents away from their children who were born in the United States. IndyKids asked kids, “What would you say to President Obama about this rise in deportations?”

PHOTO: Mark Davidson
PHOTO: Mark Davidson

Mark Davidson, age 15 – “The deportation of people who do work for the benefit of this country is wrong, and some live their whole lives here as illegal immigrants. It is not easy to kick people out who have already came and have families here, but measures should be taken to further prevent deportation than currently eradicate it. Stop the problem from happening and in the long run it will disappear, but getting rid of it as soon as possible only makes things uncomfortable for a lot of people.”

PHOTO: Rida Ali

PHOTO: Rida Ali

Rida Ali, age 10 – “I find that President Obama is not doing the right thing by deporting the undocumented immigrants. Most undocumented immigrants have families that are U.S citizens and have been law-abiding, and besides, breaking up families is not the right thing to do. I feel that what should really be happening to undocumented immigrants who have lived here for a very long time should get a visa to stay in the United States.”

PHOTO: Leo Madone
PHOTO: Leo Madone

Leo Madone, age 13 – “I don’t agree with this because of the million separated families.”