Shattered Families

Big Win? Senate Immigration Bill May Let Some Deportees Return

In a huge, unexpected victory, sources familiar with the soon-to-be-released Senate immigration reform bill say it may allow some deportees to return to their families in the U.S.

Felipe Montes Departs the United States for Mexico, With His Children

After two years of separation, a deported father took his children to Mexico today.

Deported Father Who Returned To U.S. Makes Final Plea To Remain

Felipe Montes, who lost his kids to foster care when he was deported, is now asking ICE for permission to stay in the U.S.

Rep. Gutierrez: Stop Deporting Parents as Reform Debate Unfolds

After new data reveals rapid pace of parental deportation, key congressional leader and advocates pressure President Obama to broaden his DREAM Act order.

Nearly 205K Deportations of Parents of U.S. Citizens in Just Over Two Years

New data obtained by Colorlines.com shows the disturbing pace of parental deportation has not changed, despite ICE vow to use greater “discretion.”

A Deported Father Wins a Long, Painful Fight to Keep His Kids

Felipe Montes’s story drew national attention and rare federal intervention not because it is unique, but because it is increasingly common.

How the 'Best Interest' Bias of Family Court Threatens Immigrant Parents

As recent news shows, determining what’s in a kid’s best interest is far from an objective standard. It’s easily swayed by biases about poor people, about undocumented people, about people of color.

Deported Father Returns to Fight For His Children in Exceptional Case

Felipe Montes is one of thousands of deported or detained parents fighting to keep custody of their U.S. citizen children. He has won a rare chance at the due process child courts grant everyone else.

House Bill Would Keep Kids of Deported Parents With Families

The “Help Separated Families Act of 2012” intends to keep children of detained or deported parents united with their families.

Seth Wessler Talks Deportation and Shattered Families [VIDEO]

“The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann” invited Colorlines.com reporter Seth Freed Wessler to discuss the Shattered Families report: “Children are being ripped from the arms of their parents at an ala