Facing Our Future

Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement

By the Urban Institute

January 1, 2010


This report examines the consequences of parental arrest, detention and deportation on 190 children in 85 families in six locations across the country. The impacts on children were measured in the days and weeks after parental arrests, in the intermediate and long term while parents were detained, and in some cases, after parents were deported. The study recruited families to reflect a range of circumstances and experiences.

Why is this important? Children of illegal immigrants are often U.S. citizens and they face real and impactful consequences after a parent is detained or deported. Without support systems in place, the lives of these children are often impaired, leading to compounded mal-effects.

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Key Takeaway

In the last 10 years, over 100,000 immigrant parents of U.S. citizen children have been deported from the U.S.

Today there are an estimated 5.5 million children with unauthorized immigrant parents, about three-quarters of whom are U.S.-born citizens.

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