I guess I wasn't clear again. My badFrom what I've seen, people here as non-citizens but permanently legal residents can still legally bring their children with them UNLESS the means in which they are being granted a visa is because the U.S. Citizen sponsoring them is their spouse, child, or parents (SOURCE). So for instance, a U.S. Citizen sponsoring their child's permanent residency doesn't allow that child to automatically bring along their own child. However, the person petitioning for the initial visa can petition for one for hte child as well.
I'm not saying that all of the people who are here legally but are not citizens have no legal way to bring their children into the country legally. As you point out, and document, there are some ways that it can be done. What I am saying is that those options may not be available to some of those people (non-citizens who are here legally but not citizens) and for them, this (sending the minor over unaccompanied) may be an option.
In addition, my understanding is that in many or even most of these cases, the child isn't the child of the people they are being placed with. There's some sort of family relationship there (aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc) but it's not a parent-child relationship. However, I do not know the #'s as far as what the family relationships are.
If there is a legal way to do so, and they choose an illegal means, then yes it is irresponsible and foolish. However, I haven't seen anything to indicate that this is actually happening. At best, it seems like something that could happen.So by and large, yes...there are legal avenues of bringing one's children into the country that could be taken in almost any fashion of legal residency here in the U.S. For someone to forgo those avenues to send their children on a dangerous voyage, perhaps with a criminal, across the boarder is ridiculously irresponsable.
The remarks that you responded to were in response to the following comment of yoursAnd I've referenecd "family" as opposed to "parents" numerous times. And as I said, if the family member is LEGALLY here then under this law I have no issue with the children being delivered there. However, I do believe part of the investigation into the environment would need to be whether or not that relative knew of the dangerous and reckless endevour the child was sent on and if they made any effort to push for a safe and legal means of bringing the child into the country. If the relative or parent KNEW that the child was being sent across the boarder in an illegal and dangerous fashion, and either condoned or assist with it, then I HIGHLY question the quality of care and environment that they would provide.
In my last response to you, I didn't break up your post into sections and respond to each so I can see why you thought I was responding to your comments about "family" as opposed to the more specific "parents". Again, my bad for not being more clearIf they're being delivered to LEGAL parents LEGAL residing in the US, why in the world did they go about ILLEGAL entry that is dangerous, risky, and potentially costly? IF those parents are legally here then it begins to bring to question whether or not they are a safe household to deliver the chlidren to, as they chose to have their child undergo an extremely dangerous endevour either alone or with a criminal instead of simply legally bringing them in.
As far as them being placed with their parents who could have gotten them here legally, I don't know if that has actually happened. It may have, but I don't know that it has. But if it has, i would agree that would be very irresponsible and should call the placement into question.