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Alabama parents fearing deportation make plans for kids

"Terrified by Alabama 's strict new immigration crackdown, parents living in the state illegally say they are doing something that was unthinkable just days ago — asking friends, relatives, co-workers and acquaintances to take their children if they're arrested or deported...

What Does 396,906 Deportations Mean? 654,895 Children Lose a Parent

"What does this very large number of 396,906 mean for families and U.S. citizen children? Let us assume that at least two-thirds of the deportees are married, with an average of 2.5 children. Thus, from the perspective of ICIRR, the impact of this year's accomplishments by ICE is that...

House member appalled at family separation statistics

" In response to a new report out today on families separated by deportation, Congressman José E. Serrano expressed his profound disgust with a system that has left more than 5000 citizen children in foster care because their parents were deported. Serrano called the policies 'un...

Children pack South Texas foster care systems after ICE deports parents

"El Paso and parts of the Rio Grande Valley have some of the nation’s highest numbers of children living in foster care because their parents were removed by immigration enforcement, according to a new study by the Applied Research Center, a public policy institute covering racial justice...

Obama: Kids Stuck in Foster Care Due to Deportation a 'Real Problem'

"In a briefing with Latino journalists last week, President Obama directly acknowledged that his administration’s immigration enforcement practices break up families and exclude parents from decisions about the custody of their children. His comments affirmed the central findings of...

ICE policies leave overburdened foster-care system in their wake

"A sustained federal crackdown made 2011 a banner year for deportations. A record 397,000 undocumented immigrants were sent packing. And while the Obama administration cheers that more than half of those deported were convicted of crimes, advocates warn of a troubling by-product of rising...

Kids to Obama: Don't deport our parents!

"Most kids at this time of year get ready to write letters to Santa Claus , but many children of undocumented immigrants now prefer to write President Barack Obama begging him to stop the deportations that are breaking up their families. The campaign of the National Domestic Workers Alliance under...

'Obama, don't deport my momma!'

"Thrust into a complex debate about the country’s immigration policies, one of Victoria Lorenzo-Calmo’s children has a simple plea: “Obama, don’t deport my momma.” That was one of the signs held Wednesday outside Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital as the Guatemalan...

Children of detained migrants are put in state custody more often

"With deportations at record levels, children of detained [unauthorized] immigrants are increasingly being put into foster care because of a lack of coordination between federal and state officials, say immigrant and children's advocates. Many of these children are taken care of by relatives...

Family Values on ICE: The Deportation of Parents of U.S.-Born Citizens

"I am pleased to present the following report, "Deportation of Parents of U.S.-Born Citizens" for the second half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, as prepared by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)." - John Morton, Mar. 26, 2012 . Coverage by HuffPo , VOXXI and Latina Lista...

Age 6, Alone, in Deportation Proceedings, Without a Lawyer

In Deportation, Age 6: Liliana Muñoz, 6, was alone when Border Patrol officers caught her as she was being smuggled across the Rio Grande. Now facing deportation, she’s also alone in Immigration Court without a lawyer. This important article by Julia Preston was on page 1, above the...

Smuggled Home

Should a native-born U.S. citizen have to sneak in to his own country? No. Never. But that's what Luis Martinez had to do. Watch the video . Read the story . Story: Los Angeles Times, Oct. 21, 2012 . Series: L.A. Times, Without a Country

Deportation of Parents Casts Lives of U.S.-Citizen Kids into Turmoil

"Twelve-year-old Jason Penate spent the holidays hanging close by his father. They picked out a Christmas tree and decorated the front window of their Gainesville, Va., home with candy canes, and Jason tried very hard not to think about whether his father would still be here in the new year. ...

DHS: Deportation of Border Crossers a Priority 'Regardless of Age'

"In an attempt to stem a crush of Central American children illegally crossing the United States alone into south Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Thursday that he was in contact with ambassadors in Latin America to discuss how to more quickly return those children to their...

Obama to Congress: Deport the Kids

"Pesident Obama's surprise request that Congress give him authority to quickly deport thousands of Central American children illegally crossing the border is likely to renew the on-again, off-again immigration reform debate that many Republicans had hoped to avoid. The administration is asking...

Obama Throws Kids Under Bus

"If Obama has given up trying to appease the GOP and wants to shift away from a policy that emphasizes deportations, it’s hard to explain why he is considering weakening a law intended to ensure that children aren’t removed to violent situations and to protect victims of child trafficking...

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill

"This past summer, the "border kids"— tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid groups mobilized, Congress held hearings , and pleas...

No Papers? It's the Kids Who Suffer (Op-Ed)

"At least one of every 15 children living in the United States has an unauthorized parent, and nearly all of those children are native-born United States citizens. Think of that statistic, one in 15, the next time you drive by a school or a playground. Think of those children living with the knowledge...

Removing Insecurity: How American Children Will Benefit from DAPA

"More than five million American children — U.S. citizens or legal immigrants eligible for citizenship — will be the most important beneficiaries of the executive action on immigration issued by President Obama in November. The great majority, nearly 4.5 million, are native-born Americans;...