How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

As deportations increase, more parents are being deported - and more kids are left behind

As a follow-up to yesterday's story on the thousands of U.S. citizen children who remain in foster care following the deportation of their immigrant parents, ColorLines magazine reports today that just among the immigrants deported between January and June of this year, more than 46,000 were the parents of U.S. citizen children.

The number of parents being deported is on the rise as deportations increase in general. The federal data was obtained by the Applied Research Center, the social-justice think tank that publishes the magazine. From today's piece:

After a year-long national investigation, we estimate there are at least 5,100 children in foster care who face barriers to family reunification because their mother or father is detained or deported. That number could reach as high as 15,000 in the next five years, at the current rate of growth.

The rising number of parental deportations has corresponded with an overall increase in immigration enforcement under the Obama administration; in fiscal year 2011, a record 397,000 people were deported. Yet parental deportation has also increased as a proportion of all removals. Between 1998 and 2007, the last period for which similar data is available, approximately 8 percent of almost 2.2 million removals were parents of U.S.-citizen children.

The new data, released to the Applied Research Center in September, reveals that more than 22 percent of all people deported in the first half of this year were parents of citizen kids.

Read more at: colorlines.com

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