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Andrea Campetella is Director of Communications and Planning at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. Previously, she was Project Manager for a National Institutes of Health–funded study on the psychosocial effects of parental deportation on U.S.-citizen children and acting Director of the Center for Latino Family Research at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a PhD in Latin American history from Rutgers University and an MA in sociology from the New School for Social Research.
Rising immigration enforcement in the U.S. interior over the past decade increased the chances that the estimated 5.3 million children living with unauthorized immigrant parents, the vast majority of them born in the United States, could experience the deportation of a parent. This report reviews the evidence on the impacts on children, finding significant and long-lasting harm can occur at emotional, economic, developmental, and academic levels.
This Urban Institute-MPI report offers findings from fieldwork in study sites in California, Florida, Illinois, South Carolina, and Texas, examining the involvement of families with a deported parent with health and social service systems, and barriers to access. The report finds that economic hardship is highly prevalent following detention and deportation of a parent, while child welfare system involvement is rarer.