On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released to Congress data on the number of parents of United States citizen children they've deported. The data, which was requested by Congress in 2010, is the same data that Colorlines.com and the Applied Research Center obtained in September 2011 under pressure of a Freedom of Information Act request.
In November 2011, Colorlines published a story titled "U.S. Deports 46K Parents With Citizen Kids in Just Six Months" that revealed these numbers for the first time.
"As I wrote then, the federal government deported 46,486 parents of US-citizen children in the 6 month period between January-June 2011," said Seth Freed Wessler, Colorlines' investigation reporter who filed the Freedom of Information Act request.
"The figure amounts to more than 22% of all deportations in that same period. The collateral effects of these deportations are mounting, and our investigation found that there are now over 5100 children in foster care whose parents have been detained or deported by federal immigration authorities."
Wessler also noted the release of this data to Congress comes late.
"In early 2010, Congress requested that ICE begin collecting data on the deportation of parents of U.S.-born children no later than July 1, 2010, and to provide the data at least semi-annually to the Committees and the Office of Immigration Statistics."
Embedded below is the report ICE delivered to Congress on Monday.