He was a citizen in WHAT country, illegally living in WHAT OTHER country? Sounds like more "feel-good, Kum-Bah-Yah" liberal bullshit to me. Sorta like the old, "You can't hold a child with nuclear arms" or "War is bad for children and other living things".
Well, guess what, Nuclear Arms are the only reason those children are not speaking either Japanese or Russian. And war IS bad for children, so is living under a totalitarian regime.