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Immigration Reform and Its Impact on Kids

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed the immigration reform bill sponsored by “the Gang of 8” including Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake (S.744). We’re happy to report that this legislation contains an amendment created specifically to keep families together whenever possible and help mitigate harm to children, including preventing children from entering foster care when immigration enforcement results in the detention or removal of their parents.

Debates about immigration policy in this country have tended to focus on economics, jobs, national security and law enforcement. The Dreamers have helped Americans see that immigration is clearly a child and family issue as well. There are 65,000 children living in Arizona who were born in another country and are not U.S. citizens. There are 250,000 children growing up in Arizona who are citizens, born in this country to immigrant parents. Immigration policy will shape the health, education and security of these children and will guide decisions about when children are separated from their parents, breaking families apart.

Click here to read a fact sheet from our partners at First Focus about the impact of immigration reform on children.

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