Friday, April 24, 2009

When Illegal Immigrants Are Separated from Their U.S. Citizen Children

Recently the New York Times brought up the issue of U.S. citizen children being separated from parents who are undocumented immigrants in this country. The article recounts the story of one Guatemalan immigrant who lost custody of her child following her incarceration for illegal immigration. The boy was adopted by U.S. citizens.

Other custody situations like this one are taking place across the country. An adviser to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is described as saying that her department is seeking ways to deal with family separations in the face of new immigration enforcement guidelines. Department of Homeland Security information about this issue is not easy to find on its website, but these resources provide some interesting information:

You can find additional resources in our guide to Immigration.

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