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...

Shattered Families

" Shattered Families , a report by the Applied Research Center (ARC), is the first national investigation on threats to families when immigration enforcement and the child welfare system intersect. It explores the extent to which children in foster care are prevented from uniting with their detained...

Thousands of families split by immigration enforcement

"The US drive to expel [unauthorized] immigrants has separated more than 5,000 children from their parents, and another 15,000 face a similar fate in the coming years, a study said Wednesday. The report by the activist Applied Research Center (ARC) found at least 5,100 children currently...

Adoption Battle Over 5-Year-Old Boy Pits Missouri Couple Vs. Immigrant

"A tug-of-war over a five-year-old boy is at the center of a national debate over parental rights and immigration, and a sign of what critics say is a growing trend in which immigrants are being deemed unfit parents because they crossed the border illegally." - ABC News, Feb. 2, 2012...

Rinku Sen Appears on ‘Nightline’ to Discuss Families Separated Due to Deportations

"Rinku Sen appeared on ABC’s “ Nightline ” to provide context on a story about a young child who was put up for adoption because his biological mother is undocumented. Sen cited our “Shattered Families” investigation, which found an estimated 5,000 U.S citizen...

Stolen Babies? Immigrant Mother Loses Four Kids

"The scars of childbirth were still healing on Amelia Reyes Jimenez's stomach in 2008 when police came to her Phoenix apartment and took her three-month-old daughter from her arms. Three and a half years later, Reyes Jimenez and her four children have become statistics in the U.S. crackdown...

The Deported - Some 'Double-Undocumented'

"Deportees who do have a Mexican ID often have it confiscated by American immigration officials or the local jails where they are first detained. Though detainees are supposed to get their belongings back when they’re deported, they are transferred quickly from the jails to immigration...