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Children Sue the Government for Deporting Parents / by Maria Hinojosa | June 25, 2009

Children Sue the Government for Deporting Parents

The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that some 4 million American citizen children live with at least one parent who is undocumented in this country. And since the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, having an American citizen child no longer held sway with immigration judges.U.S. Immigration authorities estimate that some 100,000 undocumented parents with citizen children have been deported over the last decade.

Maricela's children went on a three-day hunger strike to try and prevent their mother's deportation.

But critics of this policy say it is an unfair burden on American-born children, pulling apart families. Supporters of the policy counter that American policy isn’t unfair, but rather put the blame on the immigrants who broke the law by migrating illegally.

Reporter Marine Olivesi brings the story of some American citizen children whose parents were deported, and are fighting back with a class action lawsuit.


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