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...

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...

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...