When the System Separates Immigrant Women from their Children

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What if I told you that you could permanently lose custody of your child because you are undocumented?  Or because you do not understand English?  Or because you are unable to communicate with the child welfare system and family court from an immigration detention facility?  What if I told you that you would have to leave your child behind when you are deported, because you may not be granted sufficient time to get the child a passport or coordinate the flight arrangements?      

You might tell me that such things do not happen in the United States of America.  Sadly, you would be wrong.

Check out the full post, “Are Children of Immigrants Becoming Needless Statistics in the Child Welfare System?” by Emily Butera from the Women’s Refugee Commission  over at restorefairness.org.

-Vanessa Merton

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