TELL ICE TO DROP THE ICE HOLD 
FREE HECTOR NOLASCO!!!
Call ICE Director, John Morton
(202) 732 3000
Sample Script: “I am calling in support of Hector Nolasco, he was arrested after his employer falsely accused him of assault when he stood up for his rights. He is now in Los Angeles Sheriff’s custody and has been issued an ICE hold. His booking number is 3451662. I urge you to life Hector’s ICE hold. Hector belongs with his wife and daught.”
Sign the petition: http://bit.ly/helphector 
#not1more

TELL ICE TO DROP THE ICE HOLD 

FREE HECTOR NOLASCO!!!

Call ICE Director, John Morton

(202) 732 3000

Sample Script: “I am calling in support of Hector Nolasco, he was arrested after his employer falsely accused him of assault when he stood up for his rights. He is now in Los Angeles Sheriff’s custody and has been issued an ICE hold. His booking number is 3451662. I urge you to life Hector’s ICE hold. Hector belongs with his wife and daught.”

Sign the petition: http://bit.ly/helphector 

#not1more

Keep Humberto and his family together!
Humberto is 27 years old, has two U.S. citizen children and has lived in the United States for 11 years. He is a skilled mechanic, has no criminal record, is an active member of the PTA at his children’s school, and pays his taxes.
Humberto is facing deportation and the possibility of being separated from his family after being stopped by police on March 21st, 2012 for driving without his headlights on. He was then arrested for driving without a license. According to ICE Director John Morton’s prosecutorial discretion memo, Humberto is a “low-priority” case. 
Humberto’s two children, ages 5 and 11, need their father in their lives. He is a valuable member of our community and deserves our support. By signing this petition you show your support for Humberto, and ask Immigration & Custom Enforcement that he be allowed to stay with his family.
"I am calling on our community to support me, please, not only for my case but for the many other parents like me who are going through this painful process." –Humberto
Help us make sure this family can stay together.
¡Ayude mantener a Humberto con su familia!
Humberto tiene 27 años, tiene dos hijos ciudadanos de Estados Unidos y ha vivido en Estados Unidos por 11 años. Él es un mecánico profecional, no tiene antecedentes penales, es un miembro activo de la Asociacion de Padres y Maestras (PTA) en la escuela de sus hijos, y paga sus impuestos. Humberto fue detenido por la policía el 21 del marzo de 2012 por conducir sin sus luces encendidas, y fue arrestado por manejar sin licencia. Sus dos hijos de 5 y 11 necesitan a su padre en sus vidas.
Ahora Humberto se enfrenta la deportación y la posibilidad de ser separado de su familia. Humberto es un miembro valioso de nuestra comunidad y merece nuestro apoyo. Su caso es de “baja prioridad” segun el directivo de John Morton, el director de ICE. Al firmar esta solicitud, demuestra su apoyo a Humberto, y pide que se le permitan quedarse con su familia.
"Pido a nuestra comunidad que me apoyen, por favor, no sólo por mi caso, pero para los padres como yo y muchos otros que están pasando por este proceso doloroso." -Humberto
Ayúdenos a asegurarnos que esta familia se mantengan juntos.
Sign this petition: Keep Humberto and his family together!

Keep Humberto and his family together!

Humberto is 27 years old, has two U.S. citizen children and has lived in the United States for 11 years. He is a skilled mechanic, has no criminal record, is an active member of the PTA at his children’s school, and pays his taxes.

Humberto is facing deportation and the possibility of being separated from his family after being stopped by police on March 21st, 2012 for driving without his headlights on. He was then arrested for driving without a license. According to ICE Director John Morton’s prosecutorial discretion memo, Humberto is a “low-priority” case. 

Humberto’s two children, ages 5 and 11, need their father in their lives. He is a valuable member of our community and deserves our support. By signing this petition you show your support for Humberto, and ask Immigration & Custom Enforcement that he be allowed to stay with his family.

"I am calling on our community to support me, please, not only for my case but for the many other parents like me who are going through this painful process." –Humberto

Help us make sure this family can stay together.

¡Ayude mantener a Humberto con su familia!

Humberto tiene 27 años, tiene dos hijos ciudadanos de Estados Unidos y ha vivido en Estados Unidos por 11 años. Él es un mecánico profecional, no tiene antecedentes penales, es un miembro activo de la Asociacion de Padres y Maestras (PTA) en la escuela de sus hijos, y paga sus impuestos. Humberto fue detenido por la policía el 21 del marzo de 2012 por conducir sin sus luces encendidas, y fue arrestado por manejar sin licencia. Sus dos hijos de 5 y 11 necesitan a su padre en sus vidas.

Ahora Humberto se enfrenta la deportación y la posibilidad de ser separado de su familia. Humberto es un miembro valioso de nuestra comunidad y merece nuestro apoyo. Su caso es de “baja prioridad” segun el directivo de John Morton, el director de ICE. Al firmar esta solicitud, demuestra su apoyo a Humberto, y pide que se le permitan quedarse con su familia.

"Pido a nuestra comunidad que me apoyen, por favor, no sólo por mi caso, pero para los padres como yo y muchos otros que están pasando por este proceso doloroso." -Humberto

Ayúdenos a asegurarnos que esta familia se mantengan juntos.

Sign this petition: Keep Humberto and his family together!

Please call and sign to get Francisco, father of Freedom U student, released from Irwin Detention Center!
Francisco was on his way to work when he got into a minor traffic accident. Instead of being released to the care of his family, he was detained and taken to Irwin County Detention Center. 
Francisco has lived in the US for 15 years now, he has 4 children who need him, and has no criminal history. Why is he imprisoned?  TAKE ACTION - MAKE A CALL
Petition: http://action.dreamactivist.org/georgia/francisco/
Atlanta ICE Office: 404-893-1210Sample Script: “Hi, I am calling to urge ICE to release Francisco Martínez (A# 074.209.738) from Irwin Detention Center. Francisco is the father of 4 children who fully depend on him for financial and emotional support. Release Francisco now!”

Please call and sign to get Francisco, father of Freedom U student, released from Irwin Detention Center!

Francisco was on his way to work when he got into a minor traffic accident. Instead of being released to the care of his family, he was detained and taken to Irwin County Detention Center. 

Francisco has lived in the US for 15 years now, he has 4 children who need him, and has no criminal history. Why is he imprisoned?  

TAKE ACTION - MAKE A CALL

Petition: http://action.dreamactivist.org/georgia/francisco/

Atlanta ICE Office: 404-893-1210

Sample Script: “Hi, I am calling to urge ICE to release Francisco Martínez (A# 074.209.738) from Irwin Detention Center. Francisco is the father of 4 children who fully depend on him for financial and emotional support. Release Francisco now!”

What does ‘enforcement’ mean?

jahalath:

Border security is the top priority for the Senators charged with reforming our immigration system. Immigrants must take a back seat to enforcement.

The US-Mexico border will become more militarized under Obama and Congress’ proposal, even though Republicans admit that border security is at an all-time high. Drone usage will be ramped up, but Republicans assure tax-payers that these aren’t the kind of drones that kill.

45% of undocumented people enter the US on temporary visas and stay until after they expire. The gang of 8 hopes to implement an exit-entry system so that all temporary immigrants are tracked and removed. A new taskforce will also be created that gives Southern politicians more say over border control. 

What is going ignored in this kerfuffle- by immigration activists and legislators alike- is that militarized borders means the death of innocent people.

It was reported late last year that border deaths have reached a historic high even though migration from Mexico is at a net 0. Routine stories of ICE, Border Patrol, and racist Minute Men militias ‘accidently’ murdering immigrants surface from time to time. There was the brutal case of  Brisenia Gonzalez, a 9 year old who was shot in her Arizona home after a gang of Minute Men raided her house pretending to be Border Patrol agents. In 2010, Anastasio Rojas, a 42-year-old Mexican migrant worker, was tased and beaten to death at the San Ysidro border crossing by more than a dozen Customs and Border Protection officers. And in late 2012, a 15 year old Mexican citizen was shot 7 times by Border Patrol when he was on the Mexican side of the border. BP claimed that they were targeting ‘illegal drug traffickers’ nearby.

Let’s not forget that the Obama administration has deported more people than Bush. Nearly 2 million people have been forced out of our country, and thousands are detained, arrested, and deported every month- including Dream Act eligible youth who are supposed to be immune and their family members.

No one, including prominent migrant activists and corporate advocates, will talk about what border security actually looks like: not a fence, not a wall, but a trail of blood leading to a stack of brown bodies.

The Associated Press reports that President Barack Obama’s uncle from Massachusetts has a scheduled deportation hearing.

Onyango Obama is President Obama’s father’s half brother who came from Kenya as student during his teenage years. In 1992 Onyango Obama had been filed for deportation after he did not renew an application to stay. His status had become public in 2011 after he had been arrested in Framingham for drunk driving.

Onyango Obama’s lawyer Scott Bratton told the Associated Press “Everybody wants to stay in America,”

The judge has scheduled Onyango Obama’s new hearing for Dec. 3.

Even Obama’s uncle can’t catch a break. 

luigimonstre:

I just want to thank all of you who reblogged, signed and called for Jorge.
Unfortuantely, ICE ignored all the efforts and decided to deport Jorge today.
He is safe in his country of Nicaragua but his family, including his 2 kids remain here.
CIR talk is fine and dandy but this only proves that we need an end to all unjust deportations. This just can’t keep happening.

luigimonstre:

I just want to thank all of you who reblogged, signed and called for Jorge.

Unfortuantely, ICE ignored all the efforts and decided to deport Jorge today.

He is safe in his country of Nicaragua but his family, including his 2 kids remain here.

CIR talk is fine and dandy but this only proves that we need an end to all unjust deportations. This just can’t keep happening.

United 4 the DREAM, a local, Charlotte based, youth led migrant justice organization stages scenes depicting the reality of our broken immigration system using a technique called Theater of the Oppressed. 

The scenes included family separation, unequal access to education for undocumented students, migrant labor exploitation, and anti-migrant racism, stereotyping and profiling.

This action occurred to today on the corner of Trade & Tryon - one of the biggest intersections of Charlotte’s downtown. 

DETAINED DURING A WORKING RAID: DON’T DEPORT THE SHOGUN 5!
On November 29, 2011, ICE raided the Shogun Buffet & Hibachi Grill in Asheville, North Carolina. They pulled out of a van and placed the restaurant on lockdown. In all, 12 workers were taken and put in deportation proceedings. Now 5 workers remain fighting their unjust deportations.According to the Morton Memo, the Shogun 5 (Flor, Audencio, Osvaldo, Jose, and Julio) are low priority cases and should not be deported. Make a phone call and sign the petition urging ICE to grant them discretion!TAKE ACTION: Make a Phone Call Call DC ICE – John Morton @ 202-732-3000 Call Charlotte ICE @ 704-672-6990Sample Script: "I am calling to urge ICE to stop the deportation of the Shogun 5 in North Carolina: Flor Funes (A# 89 955 708), Audencio Diaz (A# 89 951 976), Osvaldo Solis (A# 89 951 995), Jose Castillo (A# 89 951 978), and Julio Molina (A# 89 951 999). All 5 of them were detained at a raid at the Shogun Buffet, where they were victims of labor abuses and wage theft. They have been living in the U.S. for years. According to the Morton Memo, all 5 are low priority cases and should be granted prosecutorial discretion."
SIGN THIS PETITION 

DETAINED DURING A WORKING RAID: DON’T DEPORT THE SHOGUN 5!

On November 29, 2011, ICE raided the Shogun Buffet & Hibachi Grill in Asheville, North Carolina. They pulled out of a van and placed the restaurant on lockdown. In all, 12 workers were taken and put in deportation proceedings. Now 5 workers remain fighting their unjust deportations.

According to the Morton Memo, the Shogun 5 (Flor, Audencio, Osvaldo, Jose, and Julio) are low priority cases and should not be deported. 

Make a phone call and sign the petition urging ICE to grant them discretion!


TAKE ACTION: Make a Phone Call 

Call DC ICE – John Morton @ 202-732-3000 

Call Charlotte ICE @ 704-672-6990

Sample Script: "I am calling to urge ICE to stop the deportation of the Shogun 5 in North Carolina: Flor Funes (A# 89 955 708), Audencio Diaz (A# 89 951 976), Osvaldo Solis (A# 89 951 995), Jose Castillo (A# 89 951 978), and Julio Molina (A# 89 951 999). All 5 of them were detained at a raid at the Shogun Buffet, where they were victims of labor abuses and wage theft. They have been living in the U.S. for years. According to the Morton Memo, all 5 are low priority cases and should be granted prosecutorial discretion."

SIGN THIS PETITION 

RELEASE HENRY HERNANDEZ. HIS SON HAS LARON SYNDROME AND NEEDS HIM HOME BACK NOW! 
Henry has been detained at Broward Transitional Center for nearly 4 months after he was arrested for driving without a license. He has no priors in his record. He has three U.S. citizen children, one who needs special medical and dietary attention because he has Laron Syndrome. Laron Syndrome is a genetic disorder that only affects hundreds of people around the world. The treament Henry’s son receives is only available in select locations and completely unavailable in Mexico.TAKE ACTION - MAKE A CALL:Call ICE – John Morton @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100Sample Script: “Hi, I am calling to urge ICE to release Henry Hernandez (A#078-313-268)  from Broward Transitional Center. Henry is the father of three U.S. citizen children, including one who suffers from Laron Syndrome. Henry is a low priority case and should be released immediately.”Senator Rubio:Washington D.C.: 202-224-3041 Orlando: 407-254-2573 Senator Nelson: Washington D.C.: 202-224-5274 Orlando: 407-872-7161 Sample Script: "I am calling to ask the Senator take a position on the case of Henry Hernandez (A# 078-313-268)  from Broward Transitional Center. Henry is the victim of racial profiling and has three U.S. citizen children who need him at home. One of them has Laron Syndrome and requires treatment. Why won’t the Senator take a position on this case and issue a letter of support?"
SIGN THIS PETITION

RELEASE HENRY HERNANDEZ. HIS SON HAS LARON SYNDROME AND NEEDS HIM HOME BACK NOW! 

Henry has been detained at Broward Transitional Center for nearly 4 months after he was arrested for driving without a license. He has no priors in his record. 
He has three U.S. citizen children, one who needs special medical and dietary attention because he has Laron Syndrome. 

Laron Syndrome is a genetic disorder that only affects hundreds of people around the world. The treament Henry’s son receives is only available in select locations and completely unavailable in Mexico.


TAKE ACTION - MAKE A CALL:

Call ICE – John Morton @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100

Sample Script:
 “Hi, I am calling to urge ICE to release Henry Hernandez (A#078-313-268)  from Broward Transitional Center. Henry is the father of three U.S. citizen children, including one who suffers from Laron Syndrome. Henry is a low priority case and should be released immediately.”

Senator Rubio:
Washington D.C.: 202-224-3041 
Orlando: 407-254-2573 

Senator Nelson: 
Washington D.C.: 202-224-5274 
Orlando: 407-872-7161 

Sample Script: "I am calling to ask the Senator take a position on the case of Henry Hernandez (A# 078-313-268)  from Broward Transitional Center. Henry is the victim of racial profiling and has three U.S. citizen children who need him at home. One of them has Laron Syndrome and requires treatment. Why won’t the Senator take a position on this case and issue a letter of support?"

SIGN THIS PETITION

ANOTHER LOW PRIORITY DEPORTATION: FLAVIO NEEDS SURGERY NOT DEPORTATION!
In january three officers showed up at Flavio’s home. He was interrogated and immediately detained after the officers realized he was undocumented. In August, Flavio was a front seat passenger in a car accident. It resulted with the top of the car embanked against a tree and both the driver and Flavio had to be cut out of the car. Flavio needed surgery that resulted in a left-sided colon resection. He is scheduled for follow-up surgery in nine months to have his colostomy reversed!Flavio is low-priority and, according to the Morton memo, should not be deported.TAKE ACTION: SIGN & MAKE A CALL 

 Call ICE - John Morton @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100

 Sample Script: “Hi, I was calling to ask that ICE remove Flavio Ramos Cruz (A# 200-203-838) order for Voluntary Departure. Flavio was in an a car accident as a passenger which resulted in his need of surgery for a left-sided colon resection. Flavio is scheduled for a follow-up surgery in nine months to have his colostomy reversed. Flavio needs surgery not deportation!”

ANOTHER LOW PRIORITY DEPORTATION: FLAVIO NEEDS SURGERY NOT DEPORTATION!

In january three officers showed up at Flavio’s home. He was interrogated and immediately detained after the officers realized he was undocumented. 

In August, Flavio was a front seat passenger in a car accident. It resulted with the top of the car embanked against a tree and both the driver and Flavio had to be cut out of the car. Flavio needed surgery that resulted in a left-sided colon resection. He is scheduled for follow-up surgery in nine months to have his colostomy reversed!

Flavio is low-priority and, according to the Morton memo, should not be deported.

TAKE ACTION: SIGN & MAKE A CALL 

 

Call ICE - John Morton @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100

 

Sample Script: “Hi, I was calling to ask that ICE remove Flavio Ramos Cruz (A# 200-203-838) order for Voluntary Departure. Flavio was in an a car accident as a passenger which resulted in his need of surgery for a left-sided colon resection. Flavio is scheduled for a follow-up surgery in nine months to have his colostomy reversed. Flavio needs surgery not deportation!

tranqualizer:

dignidadrebelde:

New Poster to support organizers working to encourage Gov. Brown to sign the Trust Act

Kitzia and her mother Gloria!

stop police and ICE collaboration!

tranqualizer:

dignidadrebelde:

New Poster to support organizers working to encourage Gov. Brown to sign the Trust Act

Kitzia and her mother Gloria!

stop police and ICE collaboration!

[photo: a photo provided ICE. undocumented migrants are beng escorted through a facility after being arrested in Detroit, Michigan.]

Nearly 205K Deportations of Parents of U.S Citizens in Just Over Two Years
The federal government conducted more than 200,000 deportations of parents who said their children are U.S. citizens in a timespan of just over two years, according to new data obtained by Colorlines.com. The figures represent the longest view to date of the scale of parental deportation.
Between July 1, 2010, and Sept. 31, 2012, nearly 23 percent of all deportations—or, 204,810 deportations—were issued for parents with citizen children, according to federal data unearthed through a Freedom of Information Act request. [See the full data set here.]
Because some people may have been deported more than once in the time period, the data represents total deportations conducted, not the number of individuals removed from the country. However, experts say that the total number of deportations of parents may be higher because some mothers and fathers fear telling authorities that they have kids. An additional group of parents whose kids are not U.S. citizens are not reflected in the numbers.
[lengthy article, worth the read. click here for more.]

[photo: a photo provided ICE. undocumented migrants are beng escorted through a facility after being arrested in Detroit, Michigan.]


Nearly 205K Deportations of Parents of U.S Citizens in Just Over Two Years

The federal government conducted more than 200,000 deportations of parents who said their children are U.S. citizens in a timespan of just over two years, according to new data obtained by Colorlines.com. The figures represent the longest view to date of the scale of parental deportation.

Between July 1, 2010, and Sept. 31, 2012, nearly 23 percent of all deportations—or, 204,810 deportations—were issued for parents with citizen children, according to federal data unearthed through a Freedom of Information Act request. [See the full data set here.]

Because some people may have been deported more than once in the time period, the data represents total deportations conducted, not the number of individuals removed from the country. However, experts say that the total number of deportations of parents may be higher because some mothers and fathers fear telling authorities that they have kids. An additional group of parents whose kids are not U.S. citizens are not reflected in the numbers.

[lengthy article, worth the read. click here for more.]

fascinasians:

The Lee and Rahayuningsih families are facing deportation despite being low priority cases. Both families have children who qualify for Deferred Action and have loved ones with severe health issues.  Urge ICE to grant prosecutorial discretion and prevent separating more families!

This June, the Obama Administration granted undocumented youth with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which offers relief from deportation for up to two years.  The Lee and Rahayuningsih Family have children who are eligible for deferred action and are considered low priority cases.  These families should not be separated from young people who have just been granted relief.

Alex Lee and his family arrived in the US over fifteen years ago to flee persecution in Brazil. Alex was diagnosed with brain cancer last year causing blindness and limited mobility. Although he is eligible for deferred action to stay, he is unable to live independently.

“My son is unable to live on his own. We have no other family here or in Brazil. What use is his right to stay, if his caretakers are deported? ” says his mother Boi See Lee Choi.

Putri Dyannie’s family faces the same circumstances after arriving with her parents from Indonesia at age eleven.  Putri remembers little about Indonesia and her parents are her only family. She was granted deferred action and will transfer to a four-year university next year.  Her father is also being treated for cancer.

“My parents are my foundation. They are not less deserving than me. They work tirelessly to put me through college and without them. It pains me to think that they won’t be here to see me cross the stage on graduation day or witness me grow.”

The Lees and Rahayuningsihs have established their lives in the United States for over a decade. The family members could be separated indefinitely if ICE does not take action.

These deportations can be stopped. Sign the petition to tell ICE that these families matter and that they can do the right thing by granting prosecutorial discretion for families of youth with deferred action.

Call John Morton, Director of ICE -  202.732.3000 and

ICE’s Office of the Public Advocate 1.888.351.4024

Sample Script

“I am calling you to grant prosecutorial discretion for the Lee Family (lead A# 099-340-565) and Rahayuningsih Family (lead A#099-779-854).

Both the Lee and Rahayuningsih Families have been in the United States for over a decade. Their children were raised here and qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  Both families have a loved one with a severe health issue and cannot be separated.  These are low priority cases and should be dismissed.  Don’t separate families and grant prosecutorial discretion.”

Help Us Spread the Word:  Our Families Matter

Share on Facebook -  facebook.com/ourfamiliesmatter

Take Action: Driver’s licenses for all Illinois drivers

rigo-padilla:

The legislature is set to hear a measure that will provide a way for all persons, including persons who are present in the United States without documentation — to obtain a driving document under Illinois law. To obtain the document, an individual will need to produce a form of identification issued by their country of origin and evidence that they reside in Illinois. In return, drivers will be tested on their driving skills and rules of the road, and provide proof of insurance for their automobile.

Many undocumented persons fear interactions with police that begin with a simple traffic stop. In some communities, such stops can result in long detentions — disrupting families and work . This measure will alleviate many of these unnecessary detentions and keep families from being unnecessarily upset and split apart.

Please take a moment to write your representatives in the legislature and urge them to support the driver’s license bill — SB 957 — when it comes to the floor. This is a big step forward for Illinois.

The veto session is to take place from January 3-8th. That means we only have from now until then to make sure this bill is passed!

https://ssl.capwiz.com/aclu/il/issues/alert/?alertid=62247326&type=ST 

thepeoplesrecord:

Campaign demands end to deportations tearing families apartDecember 13, 2012
On December 12, dozens of children delivered thousands of letters to Capitol Hill, calling upon lawmakers to stop the senseless division of families that is caused by the deportation of mothers and fathers who are not a threat to anyone. The event was part of “A Wish for the Holidays,” a campaign with a simple but powerful message: “Every day, families across the country are separated by deportations and immigrant detentions. 5.5 million children live with the fear that a parent could be deported, and these policies threaten the fabric of all of our communities. It just isn’t right.”
As a new report from the IPC and First Focus points out, the 5.5 million children at risk of separation from their unauthorized immigrant parents include 4.5 million native-born U.S. citizens. But U.S. citizenship is not enough to save these children from being separated from one or both parents, or from years in the foster care system. That is what happened in the case of Felipe Montes, a father who has spent two years struggling to reunite with his three children, who were placed in foster care in North Carolina after his deportation to Mexico in late 2010.
The IPC/First Focus report describes how parents facing deportation must often make an agonizing choice: take their children with them to countries the children might not even know, or leave the children in the care of a relative or friend in the United States. At other times, as with Felipe Montes, parents lose the power to make even that basic decision when their children enter the child welfare system, a process which can eventually lead to the termination of parental rights.
No one knows for certain how many families are broken apart by deportations. Before 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not even track this information. However, the DHS Office of the Inspector Generalestimated that over 108,000 parents of U.S.-citizen children were removed from the United States between 1997 and 2007. A 2012 report by DHS stated that 46,486 parents of U.S.-citizen children were removed during the first six months of 2011. And the Applied Research Center (ARC) estimated that roughly 5,100 children with a detained or deported parent were in the public child welfare system in 2011. ARC also estimated that over the next five years an additional 15,000 children in the child welfare system could be at risk of permanent separation from a detained or deported parent.
As the IPC/First Focus report notes, there are several serious hurdles to family reunification once a parent is facing removal, or has already been removed, from the United States. First and foremost are the changes to U.S. immigration law enacted in 1996 that revoked the discretion of immigration judges to consider the harm that might be caused to a U.S.-citizen child by the removal of his or her parent. In addition, detained parents are often not informed of when they will be removed and may not be able to make travel arrangements for their child from behind bars. Moreover, if the child is already in the child welfare system, a judge or caseworker could determine that it is in the child’s best interest to remain in the United States rather than move to another country to be reunited with a deported parent.
Source
Deportations under Obama: 370,000 in 2008. 390,000 in 2009. 393,000 in 2010. 397,000 in 2011.

thepeoplesrecord:

Campaign demands end to deportations tearing families apart
December 13, 2012

On December 12, dozens of children delivered thousands of letters to Capitol Hill, calling upon lawmakers to stop the senseless division of families that is caused by the deportation of mothers and fathers who are not a threat to anyone. The event was part of “A Wish for the Holidays,” a campaign with a simple but powerful message: “Every day, families across the country are separated by deportations and immigrant detentions. 5.5 million children live with the fear that a parent could be deported, and these policies threaten the fabric of all of our communities. It just isn’t right.”

As a new report from the IPC and First Focus points out, the 5.5 million children at risk of separation from their unauthorized immigrant parents include 4.5 million native-born U.S. citizens. But U.S. citizenship is not enough to save these children from being separated from one or both parents, or from years in the foster care system. That is what happened in the case of Felipe Montes, a father who has spent two years struggling to reunite with his three children, who were placed in foster care in North Carolina after his deportation to Mexico in late 2010.

The IPC/First Focus report describes how parents facing deportation must often make an agonizing choice: take their children with them to countries the children might not even know, or leave the children in the care of a relative or friend in the United States. At other times, as with Felipe Montes, parents lose the power to make even that basic decision when their children enter the child welfare system, a process which can eventually lead to the termination of parental rights.

No one knows for certain how many families are broken apart by deportations. Before 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not even track this information. However, the DHS Office of the Inspector Generalestimated that over 108,000 parents of U.S.-citizen children were removed from the United States between 1997 and 2007. A 2012 report by DHS stated that 46,486 parents of U.S.-citizen children were removed during the first six months of 2011. And the Applied Research Center (ARC) estimated that roughly 5,100 children with a detained or deported parent were in the public child welfare system in 2011. ARC also estimated that over the next five years an additional 15,000 children in the child welfare system could be at risk of permanent separation from a detained or deported parent.

As the IPC/First Focus report notes, there are several serious hurdles to family reunification once a parent is facing removal, or has already been removed, from the United States. First and foremost are the changes to U.S. immigration law enacted in 1996 that revoked the discretion of immigration judges to consider the harm that might be caused to a U.S.-citizen child by the removal of his or her parent. In addition, detained parents are often not informed of when they will be removed and may not be able to make travel arrangements for their child from behind bars. Moreover, if the child is already in the child welfare system, a judge or caseworker could determine that it is in the child’s best interest to remain in the United States rather than move to another country to be reunited with a deported parent.

Source

Deportations under Obama: 370,000 in 2008. 390,000 in 2009. 393,000 in 2010. 397,000 in 2011.