Deportation and Child Welfare in Mixed Status Families with Unauthorized Parents and Citizen Children

Deportation and Child Welfare in Mixed Status Families with Unauthorized Parents and Citizen Children
By Norah Covarrubias & Alisa Hartman, National Center on Child Welfare Excellence (2015)
Deportation of immigrant parents has a large negative impact on their families.  The number of immigrants who are deported has risen, from approximately to 190,000 in 2001 to close to 400,000 in the last four years. What is even more concerning is that in the first 6 months of 2011, more than 460,000 parents of U.S. citizen children were deported (Dreby, 2012). These numbers continue to rise. There are more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, and these deportations not only affect those being deported, they deeply affect their families’ unification and their citizen children. 16.6 million people currently live in mixed status families with at least one unauthorized immigrant, and a third of children of undocumented parents born in the U.S. live in mixed-status families.  Deportations cause economic hardship, emotional distress, and family separation. Families are separated and children are left without a parent or in some cases, without either parent.

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