Shattered Families

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[VIDEO] Immigration Organizer Abril Gallardo Talks Growing Up Undocumented, Racist Policing and the Confederate Flag

In another segment of a five-part video series featuring Maricopa County, Arizona, immigration activists, Abril Gallardo of Living United for Change Arizona reflects on coming to the United States at age 12, fighting hate speech and facing down Confederate flag-bearing folks who crash her actions.

Karyna Jaramillo, a transgender activist from Cuernavaca, México, who fights for immigrant and LGBTQ communities in Maricopa County, Arizona.

[VIDEO] This Trans Latina Immigrant Activist Won't Let Her Identity Stop Her From Protecting Her Community

In another segment of a five-part video series featuring immigration activists in Maricopa County, Arizona, Karyna Jaramillo struts her truth—even if law enforcement refuses to acknowledge it.

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[VIDEO] Meet Reyna Montoya, an Arizona Organizer and Dancer Who Fights the Power to Protect Immigrant Families and Their Kids

In the first of a five-part video series featuring immigration activists in Maricopa County, Arizona, Reyna Montoya talks about how even the risk of family separation terrifies children, how she uses art for healing—and that one time she stopped a bus full of undocumented folks from being deported. 

Women in front of the U.S. Supreme Court hold up red, heart-shaped signs that say, "Keep Families Together!"

More Shattered Families

The Supreme Court’s non-decision on immigration means that, for now, states can refuse to expand DACA and start DAPA. How do we get over this stunning setback? 

More than 70,000 Parents with U.S.-born Kids Deported in 2013

Families continue to be torn apart

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.”

Primary Data: Deportations of Parents of U.S. Citizen Kids

The full data set on parental deportations, obtained from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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.

Deported Father Granted More Time To Fight For His Kids

Felipe Montes has been granted an extension to his humanitarian parole.

Univision Anchor Cites Colorlines.com Deportation Investigation to Obama

Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas cited a Colorlines.com investigation that found there is an estimated 5,100 children in foster care who face barriers to family reunification because their mother or father is in detention or has been deported.

Deported Dad's Parental Rights Hearing is Postponed

Felipe Montes has been fighting for 21 months to regain custody of his three children.

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.

Deported Dad Wins Rare 'Parole' to Re-Enter Country for Custody Hearing

The highly unusual reprieve from ICE follows intense public scrutiny of Felipe Montes’ case since Colorlines.com broke the story of his family’s separation.

Judge Terminates Detained Mom's Rights, Allows Missouri Couple to Adopt

On Wednesday a Missouri juvenile court judge terminated a Guatemalan woman’s rights to her 5-year-son because they believe she abandoned her child when she was imprisoned after a 2007 immigration sting at a poultry processing plant.

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.