There are times when the humane thing to do runs counter to the letter of the law. In these cases the government has the discretion to let the matter slide. In the following example, the government did the right thing.
Frances Barrios did not ask to be born in Guatemala, and she cannot be held responsible for being brought here at the age of six. She grew up in this country, married a American soldier, and bore him two children. In spite of her illegal status, she is being allowed to stay.