As the nation’s toughest immigration law goes under review in Alabama, new victims of anti-immigrant policies are swept under the rug according to a new report from the Applied Research Center, which advocates for immigration reform. The report states that there are about 5,100 children in 22 states in foster care as a result of parental deportation. ARC expects that number to triple in the next five years.
Nearly 397,000 people were deported in fiscal year 2011, up from over 392,000 in 2010. Over a million people have been deported under the Obama administration.
White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz told PBS Frontline: “Even if the [immigration] law is executed with perfection, there will be parents separated from their children.”