Raquel Alonso Nogueira
Raquel Alonso Nogueira campaign leader

So what can federal, state and local governments do to protect families from separation? Implement policies that specifically protect children. The report recommends that Congress should create alternatives to detention for parents and allow them to participate “meaningfully” in dependency proceedings. DHS should amend the June 2011 memo to clarify that all parents of minor children should be granted discretionary relief with an emphasis on parents with children in foster care. State legislatures should institute “time-of-arrest” protocols for local law enforcement agencies so parents can decide who should take custody of their children. Without these protections, thousands of children currently separated from their families—and thousands to come—will continue to languish in foster care. Is America, a country that prides itself on family values, really willing to let that happen? - See more at: http://immigrationimpact.com/2011/11/04/thousands-of-children-stuck-in-foster-care-after-parents-deported-report-finds/#sthash.MalQXGVy.dpuf

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