Research Report Facing Our Future
Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement
Ajay Chaudry, Randolph Capps, Juan Pedroza, Rosa Maria Castaneda, Robert Santos, Molly M. Scott
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This report examines the consequences of parental arrest, detention, and deportation on 190 children in 85 families in six locations, providing in-depth details on parent-child separations, economic hardships, and children's well-being. The contentious immigration debates around the country mostly revolve around illegal immigration. Less visible have been the 5.5 million children with unauthorized parents, almost three-quarters of whom are U.S.-born citizens. Over several years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) intensified enforcement activities through large-scale worksite arrests, home arrests, and arrests by local law enforcement. The report provides recommendations for stakeholders to mitigate the harmful effects of immigration enforcement on children.

Research Areas Social safety net Race and equity Immigration
Tags Hunger and food assistance Racial and ethnic disparities Immigrant children, families, and communities Immigrant access to the safety net Immigrant communities demographics and trends Civil rights laws and regulations Federal, state, and local immigration and integration policy Immigrant communities and racial equity Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population