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"Health and Social Service Needs of U.S.-Citizen Children With Detained or Deported Parents"

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Children with deported or detained immigrant parents face difficulty accessing early education, health care, and social services, a new study has found.

Researchers from the Urban Institute, Migration Policy Institute, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Texas at Austin visited with immigrant families and organizations working with them in five sites in 2013 to map out the obstacles that children face following a parent's detention or deportation. The sites are in South Carolina, Texas, California, and Florida.

Among the findings:

•Emotional stress, financial stress, and housing instability tied to the loss of one or more parents led to declines in school performance among children;

•U.S.-born children who return to the home country of their deported parents could have trouble reintegrating into American society because of an incomplete education;

•Unauthorized immigrant parents are less likely to apply for benefits for fear of contact with government officials, especially where large numbers of people had been deported.

Vol. 35, Issue 06, Page 5

Published in Print: September 30, 2015, as Immigrant Students
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