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First Tuesdays -- Facing Our Future: Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Noon–1:30 p.m. ET

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Ajay Chaudry
Ajay Chaudry, director, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute

Marilina Sanz
Marilina Sanz, associate legislative director, National Association of Counties

Carola Suarez-Orozco
Carola Suárez-Orozco, professor of applied psychology, New York University

Kerri Talbot, chief counsel, Office of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)

David Venturella
David Venturella, director of detention and removal operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Richard Wolf
Richard Wolf, White House correspondent, USA Today (moderator)

Much of the contentious immigration debate has revolved around the country’s estimated 12 million unauthorized immigrants. Largely invisible have been the 5.5 million children with unauthorized parents. Almost three-quarters of these children are U.S.-born citizens.

Like other U.S. children, these young people grow up needing economic security, a stable home, strong and supportive families, and quality schools, health care, and social services. But unlike other children, the children of the unauthorized live under constant threat that their parents might be arrested and deported, leaving them vulnerable to family separation, instability, economic hardship, dramatic changes in their life courses, and psychological and behavioral impacts.

A new Urban Institute report, to be released February 2, explores what happens to children when a parent is arrested in a worksite raid or other immigration enforcement action. Findings, implications, and recommendations in “Facing Our Future: Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement” will propel this First Tuesday exchange.

- Bios (pdf)
- Facing Our Future: Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement (link)

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