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How Families Are Kept Apart by Current Immigration Laws

Written by on April 10, 2015 in Family with 3 Comments
How Families Are Kept Apart by Current Immigration Laws

Family reunification has stood as a central pillar of the U.S. immigration system, dating back to 1965. Despite this, a new study by researchers Maria Enchautegui and Cecilia Menjivar shows that current immigration laws actually work to keep many families apart. Not surprisingly, the authors’ analysis reveals that immigrant households have a “high incidence of persons […]

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How Thousands of U.S. Citizen Children Are Impacted by Removal of Parents

Written by on January 14, 2015 in Children, Family with 1 Comment
How Thousands of U.S. Citizen Children Are Impacted by Removal of Parents

While the President’s recent executive actions will help some parents of U.S. citizens, current border removal policies continue to separate U.S. citizen children from their parents, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. Using data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the authors calculated that 15 percent (or 101,900) of migrants removed […]

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California Passes Groundbreaking Legislation to Prevent “Shattered Families”

California Passes Groundbreaking Legislation to Prevent “Shattered Families”

By Yali Lincroft, Policy Consultant, First Focus Campaign for Children Late last month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills – AB2015  and SB1064  – which address the nightmare scenarios that can befall parents and their children caught up in the immigration system. The recent report Shattered Families: The Perilous Intersection of Immigrant […]

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Thousands of Children Stuck in Foster Care after Parents Deported, Report Finds

Thousands of Children Stuck in Foster Care after Parents Deported, Report Finds

A report released this week reveals yet another devastating consequence of the enforcement-only approach to immigration—a startling number of children whose parents have been detained and deported are placed in foster care and face enormous barriers reuniting with their families. According to the Applied Research Center, 1 in 4 people deported in FY 2011 (nearly […]

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