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Krista Perreira is Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a health economist and social demographer, she studies social policies and disparities in health, education, and economic well-being. Perreira's ongoing research focuses on immigration and adaptation, the life course of immigrant youth, and migration and health.
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.