The Cost of InactionChildren of Immigrants Racial Equity
In June of 2013 the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill, and now the House of Representatives has the opportunity to advance immigration reform before the year is over. Among those waiting for the House to take action are the millions of children who are directly impacted every day by outdated immigration laws that fail to take into account their multiple and diverse needs. These children include the undocumented youth who have grown up in the U.S. (often referred to as “DREAMers”), the U.S. born children of immigrants, and the “unaccompanied” immigrant children who made the dangerous journey to the U.S. alone in search of refuge or loved ones. This paper details the very high cost of inaction on immigration reform.