Making immigration reform work for childrenChildren of Immigrants
The Hill, by Bruce Lesley
The consequences are devastating. Recently, over the course of about two years, the federal government deported more than 200,000 parents of U.S. citizen children – that’s 250 parents every day. Each deportation means children’s lives are overturned, as they are forced to either move to a land they’ve never known or face the trauma of losing a parent.
An estimated 5,000 children are currently living in our states’ overworked, under-resourced foster care systems due to their parent’s detention or deportation. In many cases, their parents were not abusive or neglectful. These children have been separated from their parents – sometimes permanently – simply because their parents did not go through normal legal channels when they brought their children to the land of freedom, opportunity, and justice. …Read more