Why It’s Crucial to Keep Immigrant Families Together

Why It’s Crucial to Keep Immigrant Families Together

"Child welfare departments are supposed to do everything possible to help children stay in their own families, because we know from study after study that they’re better off there than in foster care. Children are to be permanently removed only if there is a very serious problem in the family that cannot be resolved with support and services. But ICE practices make it impossible for child welfare departments to do their job, and child welfare departments often exhibit a bias against reunifying kids with undocumented or deported family members. At the extreme, this situation winds up with the courts terminating parental rights and the kids never seeing their moms and dads again." - Rinku Sen, Nov. 2, 2011.