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November 11, 2007

Paying the Price: The Impact of Immigration Raids on America's Children

Policy Spotlight

There are approximately five million children living in the U.S. with at least one undocumented parent. The well-being of many of these children, many of whom are U.S. citizens and have known no other country but the U.S., has been threatened over the past year due to intensified immigration enforcement activities conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through large-scale worksite raids of businesses that hire undocumented workers. By arresting and deporting their parents, these raids have put the children of undocumented workers at great risk of family separation, economic hardship, and psychological trauma, as they are invariably dependent on their parents for protection, education, development, and emotional and financial support.

Sadly, this situation is not likely to improve any time soon. With the collapse of comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, and the all but certain appropriation of additional enforcement resources to ICE, it is likely that the number of worksite actions will increase, and that children will continue to be negatively affected. To better understand this situation, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), together with the Urban Institute, studied the problem and released a report of their findings last month, based on in-depth study of exactly how these recent immigration enforcement actions have affected children of immigrants in three communities—Greeley, CO, Grand Island, NE and New Bedford, MA. The primary goal of this report, the full text of which is now available online, is to go beyond the human interest stories reported in the media and provide a factual basis for discussing the impact of worksite enforcement operations on children with undocumented parents. The report also provides detailed recommendations to help mitigate the harmful effects of worksite raids on children.

Abstract: http://www.urban.org/publications/411566.html

Posted by VisaLawyer at November 11, 2007 07:18 AM

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