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    Children pack TX. foster care after immigration enforcement

    Children pack South Texas foster care systems after immigration enforcement claims parents

    By Julissa Trevino
    Friday, November 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    El Paso and parts of the Rio Grande Valley have some of the nation’s highest numbers of children living in foster care because their parents were removed by immigration enforcement, according to a new study by the Applied Research Center, a public policy institute covering racial justice.

    The institute that found at least 5,100 children are living in foster care in the U.S. as a result of the detention or deportation of their illegal immigrant parents, and almost one in four people deported in the last year were parents of a U.S.-born child.

    According to its research, 7.5 percent of children in foster care in El Paso are there because their parents were either deported or detained. In the eastern Rio Grande Valley, they account for 7.8 percent of children in foster care.

    For immigrant advocates like Austin-based Bob Libal, Texas senior organizer at the Grassroots Leadership, the study confirms the need to address immigration policy. His organization works to end for-profit incarceration and reduce dependence on criminalization and detention.

    “I think [the study] confirms that detention and deportation system has dramatic consequences on children of those who are detained and deported and on the social service system,” Libal said. “I think we already knew that the deportation system drains a lot of resources, but now we also know that there are all these additional costs….[and] our immigration system doesn’t prioritize family unification.”

    In Texas, ARC conducted interviews and surveys with child welfare caseworkers and attorneys, as well as with parents detained at two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers in the state. But the problem doesn’t just exist along the border, according to the report.

    ARC identified at least 22 states where families are more likely to be separated due to local law enforcement agencies “aggressively” involved in immigration enforcement, such as participating in the Secure Communities program, a controversial program that allows ICE access to data on every person booked into a county jail.

    In counties surveyed where local police signed 287(g) agreements with ICE — letting local or state law enforcement officers act as immigration officers — children in foster care were 29 percent more likely to have a detained or deported parent than in other counties.

    “The more intense the immigration enforcement in an area, the more families are likely to be separated,” ARC senior research associate Seth Wessler, told the Texas Independent.

    In a Colorlines story written by Wessler, he details a number of immigrants who lost contact with their children during the detention and deportation process. In some cases, children were picked up by child welfare departments as immigrant parents were being detained by ICE, and parents were not allowed to contact their children.

    ARC determined that most child welfare departments lack the policies to keep families united when parents are detained or deported, that ICE detention does not allow for Child Protective Services plans and that immigrant victims of domestic violence are at a higher risk of losing their children.

    Wessler says one of the biggest factors in family separation is the detention process. ARC found that detainees are transferred an average of 370 miles from their homes, making communication with their children almost impossible.

    “The isolation of detention is the issue,” he said. “And then suddenly people are deported without notice.”

    On top of that, he said, ICE has historically refused to make accommodations for parents who need to make arrangements with child welfare departments and decisions concerning their children.

    Despite criticism that faced his last attempt to introduce an Arizona-style immigration law in Texas, state Rep. Leo Berman (R-Tyler), a longtime hard-liner on immigration, said he plans on reintroducing legislation similar to Arizona’s that would increase enforcement on immigration policy.

    “I filed a similar bill and I will file it again,” Berman said.

    But Berman did say it’s important to keep families together.

    Under his bill, he said, “children will not be separated from their mother and father, whether they’re U.S. citizens or illegal aliens.”

    When asked, Berman said he would consider adding a provision to the bill to ensure that family separation does not happen.

    “Children should never be separated from their parents,” he said. “If their children are U.S. citizens, [parents] should not be sent back… You’re hearing this from a guy that’s hardcore when it comes to immigration. But this is an issue no one’s asked me about before. [Family separation] is something I would never want to happen.”

    Libal believes the study should serve as a starting point for thinking about legislation.

    “People who are immigration hawks are quick to disparage immigrants and spend a lot of money on this,” Libal said, “but this report shows that there are consequences for U.S. citizens. I would hope that people would think about this and that this makes them think twice about spending $1.7 billion dollars on the detention system that’s tearing families apart.”

    Still, it’s clear the federal government has not prioritized families in immigration policies. ARC found that between January and June of 2011, more than 46,000 parents of U.S. citizens were deported. At this rate, the report estimates that about 15,000 children of those detained or deported in the next five years could be placed in foster care.

    Wessler said ARC is beginning to push its research to advocacy groups and lawmakers, who might be able to create a change in the system.

    Children pack South Texas foster care systems after immigration enforcement claims parents | The Washington Independent
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    Why aren't deportees taking their children with them? If they are not US Citizen children they should be deported along with their parents. Agreements to let one some one else take care of the chldren should not be honored.

    If they are US citizen children and quite young we should insist they go with their parents to Mexico. However, we should not let parents eligible for deportation use their anchor babies as an excuse to stay in this country.

    Maybe as an extra inducement we ccould end parental rights if they don't take their anchor babies with them.
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    “If their children are U.S. citizens, [parents] should not be sent back
    Exactly the reason they have a child as quickly as possible. The children should go back with their parents. They know the consequences when they had the child, but they count on bleeding heart Americans to just let it slide. This is why the ridiculous citzenship by place rather than by blood needs to be done away with. It requires all logic and common sense to be completely put aside to give citizenship to a child of ILLEGAL aliens. In less than 20 years this country will be unrecognizeable unless with get some responsible and commonsense leadership.
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    [quote]Under his bill, he said, “children will not be separated from their mother and father, whether they’re U.S. citizens or illegal aliens.
    "If you love our nation, STOP illegal immigration!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by miguelina
    . . . No one is forcing the anchors to stay here, their own parents are abandoning them because of GREED!
    Actually illegal alien parents who are being deported are having their U.S. citizen kids taken away from them and placed into foster care at U.S. taxpayer expense, even if the parents want to take their kids with them.

    Thousands of Kids Taken From Parents In U.S. Deportation System
    http://www.alipac.us/f12/thousands-k...on-sys-242996/
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    US Deports 46,000 Parents With Citizen Kids in Just 6 Month

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    This country can lay this entire anchor baby mess at the feet of allowing hijacking of the 14th amendment. It was never intended to allow female citizens of a foreign country to birth children on U.S. soil, and remain on this soil to exploit the system. It doesn't take a consitutional convention to interpret and enforce what this amendment really means....just politicians who actually possess a brain.
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    This is just a way for the illegal immigrant parents to "keep a foot in the door" and continue to not pay to raise their own children.
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    A surge of young people trying to cross the border has led to the need to place 100 unaccompanied, undocumented children at Lackland AFB. . .

    Health and Human Services' division of Unaccompanied Children's Services, charged with caring for children caught crossing the border, has taken in 7,000 to 8,000 undocumented children annually over the past three years, but has cared for more than 5,000 youngsters since October. . .

    http://www.alipac.us/f12/100-migrant...nd-afb-255280/
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