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Left Behind: How the Well-Being of Children Is Affected by Parental Deportation

Children of Immigrants

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Date/Time
09/21/2015
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location
MPI Conference Room

Event Type

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An event with:

Randy Capps
Director of Research, U.S. Programs, MPI

Heather Koball
Senior Fellow, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, The Urban Institute

Andrew Lorenzen-Strait
Deputy Assistant Director, Custody Programs Division, Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Wendy Cervantes
Vice President of Immigration and Child Rights, First Focus

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Currently, an estimated 5.3 million children live with unauthorized immigrant parents, and 85 percent of these children are U.S.-born citizens. While the Obama administration has initiated some policies to reduce the impacts of parental deportation on children, they remain vulnerable to separation from their parents as a result of immigration policies and immigration enforcement initiatives that have increased removals over the past decade. From 2009 to 2013, there were 2 million formal removals from the United States and another 1.8 million deportations without formal removal orders.

In two new reports, the Migration Policy Institute and The Urban Institute review the literature examining the effects of parental deportation on children and the broader community and report the results of field visits to five communities with large numbers of parental deportations. Children who have experienced the deportation of a parent exhibit psychological trauma, suffer material hardship and residential instability, and are put at risk for increased use of public benefits, family dissolution, and involvement with the child welfare system.
Join MPI as authors discuss the effects of parental deportation on the children of immigrants, and the related needs for health and social services. Panelists will discuss U.S. policy responses to protect these children, community responses, and possible directions for future research and policies.

No registration is necessary to view the livestream, which will be available on September 21 here.