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White House Immigration Principles Put Children, Families at Risk

White House Immigration Principles Put Children, Families at Risk
(Olivia Golden, Center on Law and Social Policy, Oct 10, 2017)
In response to the long list of immigration reform proposals recently offered by Trump, including ramping up immigration enforcement and cutting overall immigration, CLASP executive director Olivia Golden offered a statement in support of immigrant families.

Why Spanish-speaking and Latino volunteers are important for youth in foster care

Why Spanish-speaking and Latino volunteers are important for youth in foster care
(Sesario Escoto, Register-Pajaronian, Oct 8, 2017)
The author discuses how important fluency in English and Spanish is to effectively helping parents and their children navigate the public school system and various government agencies. He deems it a critical piece in connecting families to the resources they need in the community.

Kids of parents on work visas face uncertain future

Kids of parents on work visas face uncertain future
(Trisha Thadani, SF Gate, Oct 7, 2017)
The children of H-1B visa holders face some unique challenges. They came legally to the U.S. on a dependent visa called the H-4, but if they turn 21 before a parent is granted a green card, they lose their right to reside in the U.S.

New ICE tactic raises questions about due process

New ICE tactic raises questions about due process
(Yvette Cabrera, Think Progress, Oct 6, 2017)
Immigration attorneys are noticing a new pattern in courtrooms, in which their clients are being accused of gang affiliation based on insufficient evidence, and it’s used against them in deportation proceedings.

U.S. Seeks to Deport Immigrant Father of Autistic Child

U.S. Seeks to Deport Immigrant Father of Autistic Child
(Beth Fertig, WNYC, Oct 4, 2017)
The father and primary caregiver of a 15-year-old, U.S. citizen girl with autism has been detained by ICE. Immigration advocates fear that children with special needs face greater danger now with the Trump administration detaining more immigrants, without regard to their circumstances.

Should The US Defend Undocumented People In Immigration Court?

Should The US Defend Undocumented People In Immigration Court?
(Robin Urevich, International Business Times, Oct 3, 2017)
With more than 600,000 immigrants facing deportation and pleading for asylum in U.S. immigration courts, lack of legal representation stands out as a major determining factor of immigration court outcomes.

Father fights to stay with family during deportation battle

Father fights to stay with family during deportation battle
(Nicole Leonard, The News and Observer, Oct 3, 2017)
The story of a father, who is among the more than 41,000 people in the United States who were detained earlier this year due to the recent crackdown on immigration.

The trauma faced by child refugees

The trauma faced by child refugees
(WDTV West Virginia, Sept 28, 2017)
With 37,500 children granted refugee status last year and 90,000 more undocumented minors arriving without formal refugee status, many are sent to detention facilities which are not designed to be child-friendly leading to problems with health, sleep, anxiety, and/or depression.

Trump Stokes Anxiety Among U.S. Citizen Kids of Undocumented Parents

Trump Stokes Anxiety Among U.S. Citizen Kids of Undocumented Parents
(Ruben Castaneda, U.S. News & World Report, Sept 28, 2017)
Evidence is showing that fear of interaction with ICE, deportation, and family separation is causing increased anxiety, hyper-vigilance, stress, depression, and even PTSD in the children of undocumented parents, which can result in both immediate and long-term health consequences.

USC Social Work Offers First-of-its-Kind Counseling at L.A.’s Mexican Consulate

USC Social Work Offers First-of-its-Kind Counseling at L.A.’s Mexican Consulate
(Gowri Chandra and Maya Meinert, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Sept 21, 2017)
In response to increased concern about the mental health of Latino immigrants, which has been exacerbated by last year’s campaign, election, and the new administration, the Master of Social Work program at USC has partnered with the Mexican consulate in L.A. to provide access to in-person and online mental health services for immigrants.

Fix Immigration Without Sacrificing Innocent Children

Fix Immigration Without Sacrificing Innocent Children
(Michael R. Bloomberg, Bloomberg View, Mar 8, 2017)
A look back at a spring Op-Ed about the forcible separation of children from their parents upon apprehension at the U.S. border.

Ontario’s child and youth advocate looking out for young asylum seekers

Ontario’s child and youth advocate looking out for young asylum seekers
(Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen, Sept 12, 2017)
An Ontario advocate for children and youth, recently met with Canadian federal immigration and border officials so they could develop a plan to work together to protect teenagers who come to the province on their own, after seeing an influx of immigrants seeking asylum over the past few months.

Trump’s Aggressive Immigration Policies Have Created A Public Health Disaster

Trump’s Aggressive Immigration Policies Have Created A Public Health Disaster
(Dr. Sondra S. Crosby, Gilbert E. Benavidez, J. Astrian Horsburgh, WBUR, Sept 14, 2017)
This article discusses the various recent health disasters that are stemming from the Trump administration’s aggressive detention and deportation policies.

Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation

Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation
(John Burnett, NPR, Sept 20, 2017)
Despite Obama-era DHS policy that immigration agents should avoid enforcement operations at sensitive locations like churches, schools, and hospitals, Border Patrol agents arrested the parents of a 2-month-old diagnosed with pyloric stenosis.

Can Undocumented Immigrants Become Foster Parents in Your State? It Depends.

Can Undocumented Immigrants Become Foster Parents in Your State? It Depends.
(Victoria Rocha, The Chronicle of Social Change, Sept 21, 2017)
According to a recent brief from the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, 20 states include immigration requirements before caregivers can become licensed as foster parents. Eleven other states have licensing standards that represent indirect obstacles for undocumented immigrants in the child welfare system.

Deaths point to crisis in NC’s child welfare system

Deaths point to crisis in NC’s child welfare system
(Greg Barnes, JDNews.com, Sept 23, 2017)
A Fayetteville Observer investigation found more than 120 children have died in the state within a year of their parents or caregivers being referred to a DSS agency. More than 30 of the children were killed — beaten to death, shot, drowned, smothered or poisoned by drugs.

Immigration Officials Taking New Steps to Discourage Smuggling of Children

Immigration Officials Taking New Steps to Discourage Smuggling of Children
(Ron Nixon and Caitlin Dickerson, The New York Times, Sept 24, 2017)
The Trump administration is stepping up its pursuit of parents who paid to have their children illegally brought into the United States, according to people familiar with the matter. The effort, part of a widening crackdown on illegal immigration, is aimed at discouraging families from paying human smuggling organizations.

200 Elected Officials Urge President Trump to Resettle 75K Refugees

200 Elected Officials Urge President Trump to Resettle 75K Refugees
(International Refugee Assistance Project, Urban Justice Center, Aug 28, 2017)
Nearly 200 local and state elected representatives from 31 states expressed their support for resettling refugees in their states and communities in a letter to President Trump. They called on him to resettle at least 75,000 refugees in the U.S. in Fiscal Year 2018. The CICW added its support and signature to this letter.

Tiny Radical Acts: Immigrant Children Write Their Lives under Deportation Threats

Tiny Radical Acts: Immigrant Children Write Their Lives under Deportation Threats
(Eileen Cunniffe, Nonprofit Quarterly, Aug 28, 2017)
The Mighty Writers program in Philadelphia offered a series of workshops this summer in which children from immigrant families participated in creative activities i.e. making comic books, “alter ego” puppets, and monologues, through which they were able to express their fears about deportation while sharing stories about their culture.

Former Judge: U.S. Has ‘Perverse Incentives’ for Parents to Smuggle Children Into Country Illegally

Former Judge: U.S. Has ‘Perverse Incentives’ for Parents to Smuggle Children Into Country Illegally
(Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media, Aug 30, 2017)
A former federal immigration judge explains his perspective on how U.S. policy and patterns of action in dealing with unaccompanied minors actually incentivizes parents to arrange to have their children smuggled to the U.S.