Shattered Families

Most immigrants Sent Back to Mexico Detained at Work or Home, Border Apprehensions Decline

While the number of people crossing from Mexico into the United States has fallen to 40 year lows, the rates of deportation have reached historic highs.

Seth Wessler Acceptance Speech: 2012 Hillman Prize for Web Journalism [VIDEO]

Colorlines reporter Seth Freed Wessler was awarded the prestigious Hillman Prize for his work on Shattered Families investigation, which found at least 5,000 U.S. citizen children are in the foster care system today due to the detainment or deportation of their undocumented immigrant parents by the U.S. government.

Seth Wessler Talks Deportation and Shattered Families [VIDEO]

“The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann” invited reporter Seth Freed Wessler to discuss the Shattered Families report: “Children are being ripped from the arms of their parents at an alarming rate today in America. 5,000 American children are in foster care today because their parents have been deported. So is this really what Americans want when they call for greater enforcement of our borders? Or has something gone terribly wrong with immigration enforcement?”

Idaho Supreme Court Reunites Family Torn Apart By Deportation

Justice Daniel Eismann wrote that a lower court’s finding that the father had willfully abandoned his daughter and failed to maintain contact with his child is “clearly erroneous. In fact, it is absurd.”'s Seth Freed Wessler Accepts 2012 Hillman Prize for Web Journalism

The Hillman Prize is a journalism awarded annually to “journalists, writers and public figures who pursue social justice and public policy for the common good.”

California Pols Move to Keep Immigrant Families Unified During Deportation

In reaction to’s investigation, a state Assembly bill seeks to strengthen parents’ rights to stay in contact with children and child welfare case workers while detained.

Justice Delayed in Deported Dad's Fight to Regain Custody of Kids

Weeks after his case gained national media attention, Felipe Montes says that the North Carolina’s family reunification system is actually set up to work against him.

Seth Freed Wessler Wins Hillman Prize for Deportation Investigation investigative reporter Seth Freed Wessler wins the 2012 Hillman Prize for his “Shattered Families” investigation of the intersection of deportation and child welfare.

ICE Finally Gives Congress Data on Number of Parents Deported

But had it months ago in “Shattered Families.”

California Senate Moves To Protect Immigrant Families in Deportation

Nearly a quarter of the U.S. citizen children that found stuck in foster care as parents moved through detention and deportation are in California. The state Senate is moving forward with a bill that would keep their families together.

L.A. Mom Deported After Protesting Foreclosure of Former Home

A 37-year-old mother of a 19-month-old girl, was arrested by LAPD officers for trespassing during a foreclosure protest at the home she used to live in.

Felipe Montes' Fight to Reunite His Shattered Family on Al Jazeera [Video]

More than 20,000 people have signed a petition to reunite Felipe Montes and his children.

Court Slows Deported Dad's Case as 20K Sign Petition to Reunite With Kids

The petition calls on the Department of Social Services in Allegheny County, NC. to ensure that Felipe Montes, a single-father who was deported to Mexico, not be permanently separated but instead be reunified with his three sons in the United States or Mexico.

MSNBC Looks at How Deportation Shatters Families [Video] Editorial Director Kai Wright was a guest on MSNBC’s ‘Up With Chris Hayes.’

Deported Dad Begs North Carolina To Give Him Back His Children

Nobody argues whether Felipe Montes is a great dad. But the state doesn’t want to send his U.S. citizen kids to Mexico, so he may lose them forever. The Montes are among a growing number of families facing similar crises.

Rinku Sen Appears on 'Nightline' to Talk Families Separated By Deportations

An estimated 15,000 U.S.-born children will face the threat of permanent separation from their families in the next five years as their immigrant parents move through detention and deportation. Watch Rinku Sen explain the problem on ABC’s “Nightline.”

Obama: Kids Stuck in Foster Care Due to Deportation a 'Real Problem'

President Obama says his administration must “make sure that children aren’t torn from their parents without due process.” A investigation concluded at least 5,100 kids are stuck in foster care because their parents are detained or deported.

New York Rep. José Serrano Blasts ICE Over Foster Care Stats

He called on the Department of Homeland Security to halt and review all deportations in which kids could be impacted.

U.S. Deports 46K Parents With Citizen Kids in Just Six Months

Data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals nearly a quarter of people deported in first half of 2011 were parents with U.S. citizen children. That’s a dramatic increase from the 10-year period before the Obama administration.

Thousands of Kids Lost From Parents In U.S. Deportation System

A yearlong investigation by’s publisher, the Applied Research Center, found more than 5,000 children stuck in foster care because their parents were detained by ICE. One in four deportees have U.S.-born kids and face total loss of parental rights.