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    Deportation-Separated Parents and Children Need Executive Order To Allow Reunion

    Deportation-Separated Parents and Children Need Executive Order To Allow Reunion, Coalition Says

    Posted: 06/06/2012 6:34 pm

    For the second time in as many weeks, a Latino advocacy organization has called on President Barack Obama to use his executive powers to bring some measure of relief to young adults and children entangled in an immigration system that even the president describes as broken.

    On Tuesday, the Latino Policy Coalition urged Obama to issue an executive order requiring the federal agency that oversees child welfare -- the Department of Health and Human Services --- to identify and locate children who have been adopted or placed in foster care after their undocumented immigrant parents were deported from the United States. State child welfare agencies and the Department of Homeland Security should also be forced to help deported adults reunite with their children in the countries to which the parents have been deported, the coalition said in a letter sent to the president this week. According to the group, children are disappearing into the foster care system and being made available for adoption despite the fact that they have parents who want to reunite with them.

    Last week, a group of nearly 100 lawyers and law school professors at some of the nation's leading universities also called on the president to use his executive authority to help young adults brought to the country illegally by their parents while these young adults were children.

    An estimated 65,000 students graduate from U.S. high schools each year who are unable to legally work in the country, attend many state colleges and universities or access federal student financial aid, according to the Immigration Policy Center. Many also have such limited knowledge of life or the language in their countries of origin that they cannot return and survive, immigrant advocates say. Over the last decade, a series of bills that could have granted some of these young adults a path to citizenship have failed. In 2010, the so-called Dream Act, fell five votes short of the number needed to overcome a Senate Republican filibuster.

    Bills that might address the needs of young U.S. citizens separated from their undocumented immigrant parents have also met a similar fate. Legislation introduced in the U.S. House and Senate in 2009 and reintroduced in 2011, The Help Separated Children Act, languished and was not referred to the floor of either body for a vote.

    So, in addition to its call for an executive order, the coalition also reported the situation to the United Nations earlier this year, said Jim Gonzalez, chairman of the Latino Policy Coalition.

    Under the Obama Administration, deportations have reached a record high with nearly 400,000 undocumented immigrants removed from the country during the fiscal year that ended in September 2011, according to federal data.

    Obama's Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano expressed concern in April about children who are U.S.-citizens and whose parents have been deported, but continued that the government has increased its emphasis on enforcement, USA Today reported.

    "The number one concern all of us should have is, 'Where are the children? What's going on with the children?'" Napolitano said, according to USA Today. "But the plain fact of the matter is, having a child in and of itself does not bestow citizenship."

    When parents are detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents after a neighborhood or workplace raid, law enforcement officials have the option of releasing the parents of young or breastfeeding U.S. citizen children from custody. Those who are not released are often sent to "mega-detention" facilities that in most cases sit hundreds of miles from the U.S. cities where these individuals lived with their children, Gonzalez said. He added that the children, in turn, are often placed in foster care, or in some cases put up for adoption.

    At least 46,000 undocumented immigrant parents were separated from their children in 2011, according to Shattered Families, an analysis generated by the Applied Research Center, a New York-based think tank. And, at least 5,100 children have been prevented from reuniting with their parents after a deportation, according to the report.

    In many of these cases, the exact whereabouts of these children are not clear, Gonzalez said. Some have been placed with relatives or adopted and even renamed by American parents. Others have simply vanished into a foster care system that is not required to specifically track and report the location of U.S. born children who have been separated from their parents by a deportation or immigration-related detention. Child welfare hearings are also generally closed to the public and agency case files sealed unless a child dies. These practices, intended to protect the privacy of children and families facing what are often emotionally and legally complex challenges, also make it difficult for deported parents to reconnect with their children.

    Nearly two years ago, federal authorities deported Felipe Montez, a Mexican national who had lived for several years in North Carolina, The Los Angeles Times reported.

    Within weeks, his three sons were in foster care. Not long afterward, the state declared that Montez -- who had failed to attend child custody hearings because he was in an immigration a detention facility and later forcibly returned Mexico -- and his mentally-ill American wife did not meet North Carolina's standards for parents who want to regain custody of their children. And, under the terms of a federal law designed to prevent children from languishing in foster care, North Carolina moved earlier this year to terminate Montez's parental rights and make the children available for adoption, the Associated Press reported.

    The only problem: Montez has spent the better part of two years trying to reunite with his children.

    Deportation-Separated Parents and Children Need Executive Order To Allow Reunion, Coalition Says
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    Like we keep telling politicians - Read the Bill.

    S. 3522 (111th): HELP Separated Children Act

    111th Congress, 2009–2010
    A bill to protect children affected by immigration enforcement actions, and for other purposes.
    Introduced:Jun 22, 2010Sponsor:Sen. Al Franken [D-MN]Status: Died (Introduced) See Instead:This bill was re-introduced as S. 1399 on Jul 21, 2011. See S. 1399 for current action on this subject.
    S. 1399: HELP Separated Children Act

    112th Congress, 2011–2012
    A bill to protect children affected by immigration enforcement actions, and for other purposes.
    Sponsor:Sen. Al Franken [D-MN]Status: Introduced
    Bill titles and summaries are written by the sponsor. S. stands for Senate
    show cosponsors (4) Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
    Sen. Mark Udall [D-CO] (joined Sep 15, 2011)
    Acouple of exerpts:
    (b) Apprehension Procedures- In any immigration enforcement action, the Secretary and cooperating entities shall--


    (1) as soon as possible and not later than 6 hours after an immigration enforcement action, provide licensed social workers or case managers employed or contracted by the child welfare agency or local NGOs with confidential access to screen and interview individuals apprehended in such immigration enforcement action to assist the Secretary or cooperating entity in determining if such individuals are parents, legal guardians, or primary caregivers of a child in the United States;


    (2) as soon as possible and not later than 8 hours after an immigration enforcement action, provide any apprehended individual believed to be a parent, legal guardian, or primary caregiver of a child in the United States with--

    • (A) free, confidential telephone calls, including calls to child welfare agencies, attorneys, and legal services providers, to arrange for the care of children or wards, unless the Secretary has reasonable grounds to believe that providing confidential phone calls to the individual would endanger public safety or national security; and


      (B) contact information for--


      • (i) child welfare agencies in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, all United States territories, counties, and local jurisdictions; and


        (ii) attorneys and legal service providers capable of providing free legal advice or free legal representation regarding child welfare, child custody determinations, and immigration matters;





    SEC. 4. ACCESS TO CHILDREN, LOCAL AND STATE COURTS, CHILD WELFARE AGENCIES, AND CONSULAR OFFICIALS.

    • (a) In General- The Secretary shall ensure that all detention facilities operated by or under agreement with the Department implement procedures to ensure that the best interest of the child, including a preference for family unity wherever appropriate, is considered in any decision and action relating to the custody of children whose parent, legal guardian, or primary caregiver is detained as the result of an immigration enforcement action.


      (b) Access to Children, State and Local Courts, Child Welfare Agencies, and Consular Officials- At all detention facilities operated by, or under agreement with, the Department, the Secretary shall--



      • (1) prominently post in a manner accessible to detainees and visitors and include in detainee handbooks information on the protections of this Act as well as information on potential eligibility for parole or release;


        (2) ensure that individuals who are detained by reason of their immigration status may receive the screenings and interviews described in section 3(b)(1) not later than 6 hours after their arrival at the detention facility;


        (3) ensure that individuals who are detained by reason of their immigration status and are believed to be parents, legal guardians, or primary caregivers of children in the United States are--



        • (A) permitted daily phone calls and regular contact visits with their children or wards;


          (B) able to participate fully, and to the extent possible in-person, in all family court proceedings and any other proceeding impacting upon custody of their children or wards;


          (C) able to fully comply with all family court or child welfare agency orders impacting upon custody of their children or wards;


          (D) provided with contact information for family courts in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, all United States territories, counties, and local jurisdictions;


          (E) granted free and confidential telephone calls to child welfare agencies and family courts as often as is necessary to ensure that the best interest of the child, including a preference for family unity whenever appropriate, can be considered;


          (F) granted free and confidential telephone calls and confidential in-person visits with attorneys, legal representatives, and consular officials;


          (G) provided United States passport applications for the purpose of obtaining travel documents for their children or wards;


          (H) granted adequate time before removal to obtain passports and other necessary travel documents on behalf of their children or wards if such children or wards will accompany them on their return to their country of origin or join them in their country of origin; and


          (I) provided with the access necessary to obtain birth records or other documents required to obtain passports for their children or wards; and


        (4) facilitate the ability of detained parents, legal guardians, and primary caregivers to share information regarding travel arrangements with their children or wards, child welfare agencies, or other caregivers well in advance of the detained individual’s departure from the United States.
    Full Text of the Bill is at:
    Full Text of S. 1399: HELP Separated Children Act - GovTrack.us
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    Wow...those are a lot of words for a simple solution. Here is MY "HELP Act" text: "Keep families together. DEPORT them together!"
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    I have read sob stories for years regarding illegal immigrants. Normally I figure they got what they had coming to them. However, lately I have read a number of stories of CPS basically kidnapping their children, both citizens and born abroad, IMHO to collect the federal funds. God gave these children to their parents and unless they are in danger of being beaten or killed, I think the families should be kept together and the children should be allowed to return to their parents country with the parents. I believe the reason that this is not being done is two pronged. The first prong is they are being used as political pawns because this makes great sob stories as to why the parents should be allowed to remain. The second prong is the federal incentive money to pull children from their families and put them in the system. I think if we ended the second part, it would take care of the first because then CPS would no longer be on the side of greed, but would encourage the deportation of the entire family.
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    All children regardless of birth place must be removed with the parents.

    So tell me Steve King, how are you doing on your Anchor Baby Bill, HR 140? Why haven't you pushed that to a vote and passage so we END THIS NONSENSE? All talk, no action? Year after year, month after month, election after election?

    PASS THE GAWD DAMN BILL AND PASS IT NOW, YOU PHONY BALONIES.. No wonder Trump wants to pull his hair out over your INACTION.

    Mr. President, you are going to have to issue an Executive Order ending the issuance by the federal government of all passports and all SS# to children of illegal aliens. Congress is impotent to act, they are derelict in all respects when it comes to immigration, they are nasty con artists just like the illegal aliens they have protected year after year, decade after decade. You will have to do it.

    Yes, of course, it will be challenged in court, but God willing and the creek don't rise, we have a Supreme Court that will do its job and protect the citizenship, sovereignty, elections, resources, educations, jobs, incomes and futures of the legal population of the United States, for once, from the scourge of illegal immigration and end the unconstitutional and illegal absurdity of granting citizenship to the children of people who are banned from even being in our country, let alone breeding citizens.
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    Give them nothing but a FREE bus ride to the border!

    Let their President PAY for them!
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