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U.S. born Zury Vizguerra, 5 months, gazes at her mother Jeanette Vizguerra, an undocumented Mexican immigrant on July 10, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Vizguerra has four children, three of whom were born in the U.S. as American citizens. If Vizguerra is deported, her husband and children will stay on in the United States.
In 2011, some 1,500 children in southern California were removed from detained or deported parents, and placed in state care. That’s according to an investigation by the Applied Research Center, a think-tank specializing in race issues.
They projected that between 2012 and 2014, 15,000 more kids could face a similar fate. For the Fronteras Desk, Erin Siegal McIntyre reports.