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Immigration Status & Child Welfare 

Immigration Status & Child Welfare 

  • Immigrant Caregivers – ABA Center on Children and the Law (2017) – Policy Report

Nothing in federal law prohibits individuals with undocumented immigration status from becoming either licensed or unlicensed foster care providers. However, failure to obtain full licensure may disadvantage caregivers by, for example, precluding receipt of full foster care maintenance payments. In contrast, many states have implemented licensing standards that either expressly prohibit approval of undocumented caregivers or create barriers to approval. Section II of this report discusses the challenges that various state licensing standards may pose for undocumented caregivers as well as the ways in which they may overcome these challenges.

  • Refuting Fear – Males (2017) – Research

Similarly, in 2017, President Donald Trump is blaming people of color—specifically immigrants from Muslim-majority countries and Mexico—for causing increased crime, drug-related death, and “American carnage” (Johnson, 2015; Lee, 2015; Trump, 2017).The President has also stated that “sanctuary cities” in particular “breed crime,” and that California is therefore “out of control” (Lee, 2017; Memoli, 2017). However, California’s crime trends in the all-minority population era have proven to be more positive than the nation overall. This is especially apparent in California’s largest cities, many of which have established local policies, or must adhere to state policy, limiting cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

This report researched, as of 2011, the number of children living in foster care who are prevented from uniting with their detained or deported parents, concluding, among other things, that families are more likely to be separated where local police aggressively participate in immigration enforcement. Also, the researchers examine how most child welfare departments lack systemic policies to keep families united when parents are detained or deported. Published by Applied Research Center, now Race Forward.