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Disregarded and Dismissed: How U.S. Citizen Children of Immigrants are Harmed by Political Stalemates in Congress and in the Courts

Children of Immigrants

Children’s Advocates and Scholars to Review Recent Studies That Highlight How the Absence of DAPA and Expanded DACA s Hurting America’s Children

WASHINGTON, DC — Approximately 5.5 million U.S. citizen children live with a parent who would be eligible for protection from deportation and work authorization under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). These young citizen children live with the daily threat of losing a parent to deportation and experience ongoing fear and anxiety, which poses a serious threat to their academic and social development.

Politicians continue to voice xenophobic demagoguery both in the halls of Congress and in support of litigation that blocks the president’s orders intended to protect these young children and their parents.

As demonstrated in new factual findings that will be discussed by speakers on the call, the president’s executive actions would vastly improve the lives of U.S. citizen children by lifting the immediate threat of deportation of their DAPA-eligible parents, allowing their parents to apply for work permits, and reducing anxieties over housing and food insecurities.

On Tuesday, June 23, at 12 noon ET, children’s advocates and immigration scholars will take an in-depth look at how the fact that the president’s DAPA and expanded DACA programs are not being implemented is negatively impacting U.S. citizen children and those with lawful permanent resident status. Speakers will also lift up a new fact sheet from America’s Voice Education Fund that sheds light on how the court’s injunction of the president’s immigration orders is harming America’s children.

Please note the fact sheet will be available under embargo ahead of Tuesday’s call. Please send an email to to receive a copy of this data under embargo.

WHAT: Press Call on the Politically Disregarded Children of Immigrants


  • Moderator: Marielena Hincapié, executive director, National Immigration Law Center
  • Bruce Lesley, president, First Focus
  • Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers
  • Joanna Dreby, University at Albany, State University of New York, author of Everyday Illegal: When Policies Undermine Immigrant Families (University of California Press 2015).
  • Roberto Suro, professor at the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism and the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, where he is also director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 12pm ET / 9am PT

WHERE: 877-876-9177; PASSCODE: children

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