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Removing Insecurity: How American Children Will Benefit From President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration
by Roberto Suro, Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, and Stephanie L. Canizales
Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, University of Southern California, and Institute for Immigration, Globalization, & Education, University of California at Los Angeles (2015)

This report highlights the potential of President Obama’s proposed Deferred Action to Parents of American Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents program (DAPA) to promote the physical, emotional, and economic well-being of U.S. citizen children of undocumented immigrant parents.


Shattered Families: The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System
Applied Research Center (2011)

This extensive report is the first national investigation on threats to families when immigration enforcement and the child welfare system intersect. It explores the extent to which children in foster care are prevented from uniting with their detained or deported parents and the failures of the child welfare system to adequately work to reunify these families.


Disappearing Parents: A Report on Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System
Southwest Institute for Research on Women & Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program, University of Arizona (2011)

This report describes families entangled in two vast bureaucracies – the federal immigration enforcement system and the state child welfare system. The report is based on over a year of research, including over fifty surveys and twenty interviews with juvenile court judges, attorneys representing children and parents in juvenile court, and case workers in Child Protective Services.


Facing Our Future: Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement
Urban Institute (2010)

This report by the Urban Institute examines the consequences of parental arrest, detention, and deportation on 190 children in 85 families in six locations, providing in-depth details on parent-child separations, economic hardships, and children’s well-being.


Paying the Price: The Impact of Immigration Raids on America’s Children
Urban Institute & National Council of La Raza (2007)

This report details the consequences of immigration enforcement operations on children’s psychological, educational, economic, and social well-being. The report profiles three communities that experienced large-scale worksite raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): Greeley, CO; Grand Island, NE; and New Bedford, MA.