"America's Children and U.S. Immigration Enforcement: Is Anybody Looking Out For the Best Interests Of The Children?"

When U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detain and subsequently deport undocumented workers, what happens to the children of those workers, many of whom were born in the U.S. and, by law, are U.S. citizens? A special panel discussed this important issue in April 2009. The video tape has been transcribed; both the video and transcription are now available to view online.

Link for video & transcription: http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/display/31468

A 2009 report, "Severing a lifeline: The Neglect of Citizen Children in America's Immigration Enforcement Policy" takes a detailed look at the impact of immigration law and enforcement policy upon citizen children. The study's authors contend that immigration laws are out of step with the way children are treated in other areas of U.S. law and, at best, marginalize, and at worst totally ignore, the children's status as citizens.

Speakers:
• Katherine Fennelly, Professor, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, Moderator
• Joseph Dierkes, Retired Immigration Judge, Executive Office of Immigration Review, U.S. Dept of Justice
• James Kremer, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney, co-author, Severing a Lifeline: The Neglect of Citizen Children in America's Immigration Enforcement Policy
• Representative Carlos Mariani, Minnesota House of Representatives, Chair, House K-12 Education Policy and Oversight Committee
• Esther Wattenberg, Professor, School of Social Work and Policy and Program Coordinator in Child Welfare, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota

Sponsors:
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
University of Minnesota: Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs ; Human Rights Center, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Immigration History Research Center, Human Rights Program; The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, School of Social Work
Midwest Coalition for Human Rights
Family and Children's Service
League of Women Voters of Minnesota
Jewish Community Action
Catholic Charities of St. Paul/Mpls - Office for Social Justice
Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network