Congresswoman Reacts to Deported Parents Report

Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard reacted

to the release of an Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) Reportregarding

the annual deportation of parents of U.S. citizens. The Fiscal Year 2011

Second Semi-Annual Deportation of Parents of U.S.-Born Citizens Reportreveals

that more than 46,000 parents of U.S. children were deported in the 2nd and 3rd

quarters of 2011; 1,500 alone from the Los Angeles area. Congresswoman

Roybal-Allard and other Democratic members of the House Homeland Security Appropriations

Subcommittee requested the report.

“This report is the latest example of

the terrible human toll our broken immigration system is taking on families.

Tearing families apart like this is inhumane and completely unacceptable,”

said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard. “We can’t continue to claim to value

families while deporting parents in the tens of thousands. This must

stop,” Roybal-Allard added.

These deportations have real social and

economic costs. According to a 2011 report by the Applied Research Center, more

than 5,000 children living in foster care have parents who were detained or

deported from the United States.

ICE is in the process of implementing a new

prosecutorial discretion policy which takes into account family ties in making

deportation decisions.

“I believe it is critical that the new

guidelines are interpreted as generously as possible by agency officials to

prevent even more families from being torn apart,” said Congresswoman


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