Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Children Of Immigrants Protected Under Reform Package

Immigration-reform-flagAn immigration reform package that got United States Senate committee approval Tuesday on a bipartisan vote includes unprecedented protections for the children of immigrants.  

Wendy Cervantes with the First Focus Campaign for Children says one of the most important provisions would keep families from being torn apart, and give parents who are detained or deported more of a say in what happens to their kids.    

Cervantes says about 5,000 kids are in foster care in the United States because their parents have been detained or deported.  

The proposed Senate bill would make it much harder to terminate parental rights because of a person's immigration status.  

It also provides a pathway to citizenship for 11-million immigrants who are in the United States illegally, including about 360,000 in Arizona.

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