Research:Exiling children, creating orphans: When immigration policies hurt citizens. Social Work, 59(2), 167-175 (Zayas, L.H., & Bradlee, M.H. 2014).
The authors discuss that under the current immigration enforcement system, U.S. citizen children of undocumented immigrant parents become either exiles or orphans when their parents face deportation. This article discusses the impact of parental detention and deportation on children’s health and development and provides recommendations for addressing the best interests of children at the intersection of immigration enforcement and child welfare policy.