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Nicole.Baird

Connecting Cross-Border Families

By | Family Separation, Foster Care, Highlighted Resources, Legal/Law, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Topics, Transnational Resources, Unaccompanied Minors

Connecting Cross-Border Families 

Child Welfare Information Gateway (November 13, 2020) 

In this podcast, Elaine Weisman of the ISS-USA discusses topics relating to cross-border cases, including resources for caseworkers seeking to reunify families separated at the border and how current laws and policies can impact agencies working across borders. 

How to Support Immigrant Students and Families: Strategies for Schools and Early Childhood Programs

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Early Childhood, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Practice, Practice Highlight, Topics, Youth & Families

How to Support Immigrant Students and Families: Strategies for Schools and Early Childhood Programs 

¡Colorín Colorado! (December 2018) 

This guide provides an exhaustive list of over 50 strategies for educators in schools and early childhood programs to establish responsive environments for immigrant children and their families. Each strategy covers why it is important, how to get started, recommended resources and videos, and examples from the field. 

Remedying the Separation of Families at the U.S. Mexico Border

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Family Separation, Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law, Topics

Remedying the Separation of Families at the U.S. Mexico Border 

Ann Garcia, CLINIC (December 1, 2020) 

This transition paper discusses the impact of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy on immigrant families separated at the border. It then offers five policy recommendations that can be undertaken in the first 100 days of the Biden administration. 

A New Way Forward: What Congress Must Do to Protect the Dignity, Health, and Safety of Children in Immigration Custody

By | Child Well-Being, Detention, Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law, Topics, Unaccompanied Minors

A New Way Forward: What Congress Must Do to Protect the Dignity, Health, and Safety of Children in Immigration Custody 

National Center for Youth Law (January 2021) 

This two-part briefing describes how federal policy during the last year of the Trump administration has impacted immigrant children and how Congress can legislate comprehensive federal policy for children in federal immigration custody. Specific recommendations describe how the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security could address children’s needs while in custody to ensure their rights are protected. 

Immigrant Families during the Pandemic On the Frontlines but Left Behind

By | Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, ICE, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Legal/Law, Public Charge, Research, Research Highlight, Topics

Immigrant Families during the Pandemic On the Frontlines but Left Behind 

Juan Carlos Gomez and Vanessa Meraz, CLASP (February 2021) 

Highlighting the unique manner in which the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted immigrants in the United States, this brief covers how this population has been left behind. The authors review how this vulnerable population’s struggles have been exacerbated by the pandemic, the policies that have prevented them from meeting their basic needs, and concludes with recommendations for how the federal government can redress their needs. 

Unseen Costs: The Direct and Indirect Impact of U.S. Immigration Policies on Child and Adolescent Health and Well-Being

By | Child Well-Being, Detention, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Research, Research Highlight, Topics, Trauma

Unseen Costs: The Direct and Indirect Impact of U.S. Immigration Policies on Child and Adolescent Health and Well-Being

Joseph Mattingly II, Laurel Kiser, Sherika Hill, Ernestine C. Briggs, Carrie Purbeck Trunzo, Zafar Zafari, and Theresa S. Betancourt, Journal of Traumatic Stress (August 13, 2020)

Utilizing economic modeling techniques, this study examines the literal direct and indirect costs of the Zero-Tolerance Policy upon the children who were separated from their parents at the border. Estimates from the study indicate that, compared to a baseline “No Detention” scenario, zero-tolerance migration policy cost more per child and proved to be of more significant expense to our healthcare system. The authors surmise that such policy is not only morally distressing but also economically disadvantageous. 

Biden wants to undo Trump’s family separation legacy. It won’t be easy.

By | In the News

Biden wants to undo Trump’s family separation legacy. It won’t be easy. 

Sabrina Rodriguez, Politico (January 31, 2021) 

While many advocates and legal representatives are heralding the Biden administration’s move to create a task force dedicated to reunifying families separated under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, many are remarking that it is just the beginning of addressing the harm of Trump’s policies. In particular, the ACLU, which has provided legal counsel to many separated families, wants the current administration to provide separated families some form of legal status and arrange funding to assist those families via psychological counseling and medical care. 

Separated at the border, reunited, then separated again: For migrant families, another trauma

By | In the News

Separated at the border, reunited, then separated again: For migrant families, another trauma 

Kevin Sieff, Washington Post (January 31, 2021) 

Despite a federal court order requiring the former Trump administration to reunite families separated under their zero-tolerance policy, many families face multiple separations as parents were reunited and released without legal status. While a great deal of attention has been paid to the initial family separations and reunions, little focus has been paid to the complex pathway towards citizenship beyond reunification. Without a clear understanding of their status, many families have been retraumatized through re-separation or the potential of being separated at any moment. 

Revealed: US citizen newborns sent to Mexico under Trump-era border ban

By | In the News

Revealed: US citizen newborns sent to Mexico under Trump-era border ban 

Tanvi Misra, The Guardian (February 05, 2021) 

A joint investigation by the Fuller Project and the Guardian has found that at least 11 immigrant women who gave birth in the United States were sent to Mexican border towns without U.S. birth certificates for their newborn children. The Trump administration hailed these rapid expulsions of immigrants under Title 42 as “tremendously effective,” and almost 200,000 have occurred in the first 2021 fiscal year alone. While promising to review Title 42, the Biden administration has been lax in doing so thus far. 

Biden immigration policy looks beyond reversing Trump

By | In the News

Biden immigration policy looks beyond reversing Trump 

Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill (February 07, 2021) 

A trio of executive orders recently signed by President Biden motioned to his administration’s desire to undo some of the regressive policy characteristic of both his predecessor President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. These executive orders include forming a task force devoted to reunifying families separated at the border, reviewing the Trump administration’s public charge rule, and a reexamination of the asylum and naturalization process. Immigration experts and advocates have praised the Biden administration’s apparent focus on aid over enforcement in their handling of immigration issues, particularly in their emphasis on understanding the root causes of immigration, particularly from the Northern Triangle.