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Every year, hundreds of thousands of immigrants are deported leaving U.S.-born citizen children without their parents. Despite popular belief even people who have green cards can be deported for minor infractions of the law. Our broken policy is tearing up families and in some cases creating wards of the state.
The Child Citizen Protection Act would allow the testimony of U.S. citizen children to be taken in to consideration by immigration judges during deportation hearings. The judge then has the right to consider whether deportation would be "clearly against the best interests of a U.S. citizen child," as long as the immigrant is not deportable for security or criminal reasons.
Citizen Children Neglected and Deserted in the Wake of Immigration Raids, on Immigration Impact blog
Families for Freedom (FFF)
A New York-based multi-ethnic defense network by and for immigrants facing and fighting deportation. FFF's primary focus is to keep families together.
The Child Citizen Protection Act was reintroduced into the 111th Congress as H.R. 250 by Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) in January, 2011. Subscribe to Immigration News or follow Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Immigration on Facebook or Twitter to stay informed.
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Last updated on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.
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