Implications of Immigration Enforcement Activities for the Well-Being of Children in Immigrant Families: A Review of the Literature

An estimated 5.3 million children live with unauthorized immigrant parents, and 85 percent of these children are US-born citizens. Over the past decade, the United States has devoted significant resources to apprehending unauthorized immigrants in the US interior. These children remain vulnerable to separation from their parents because of immigration enforcement actions. This report reviews the literature on the impacts of parental deportation on children and on their needs for health and social services.

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