NCRW Blog - May 6, 2013

As many of us celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, at least 5,100 U.S. citizen children of undocumented immigrant parents won’t be with their mothers.  These children are currently living in foster care because their parents have been either detained or deported.  In “Mothers Without Borders: Undocumented Immigrant Mothers Facing Deportation and the Best Interests of Their U.S. Citizen Children,” Satya Grace Kaskade, William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, examines how deportation of undocumented immigrants affects the U.S. citizen children of those immigrants.  According to the Center for American Progress in “How Today’s Immigration Enforcement Policies Impact Children, Families, and Communities: A View from the Ground,” the separations also “create a large number of single mothers struggling to make ends meet.”

The affects and threat of separation also lead some mothers to stay in life-threatening situations.  In the Applied Research Center’s “Shattered Families the Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System,” Seth Freed Wessler notes that “Many immigrant victims face an impossible choice: remain with an abuser or risk detention and the loss of their children.”  Is this a choice a mother should have to make?


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