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Watch a clip from WHICH WAY HOME and learn more about the plight of unaccompanied child migrants. Visit the resources page to find out about ways to get involved and how to host a community screening of the film. 

The National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children (NCRIC), which is a program of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), provides pro bono legal and social services for unaccompanied migrant children as they navigate the U.S. Immigration Courts.

The Applied Research Center’s report Shattered Families details the tragic results of the increased deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants under the Obama administration. A growing number of children of immigrants are placed in the foster care system while their parents are detained or deported. In an alarming number of cases, parental rights are terminated while the immigrant parents are cut off from communication with social services and their children during detention. The ARC estimates that over the next 5 years, if nothing changes, 15,000 more children may face a similar fate.

Take the case of Amelia Reyes Jimenez, an undocumented immigrant with four US Citizen children. She was detained in ICE custody for two years and then deported. Meanwhile, her children have been put in to foster care, her parental rights were terminated, and her children are now in the process of being adopted. Amelia never consented to any of this. Sadly, her case is not unique.  Her story came to light as part of an ABC Nightline series on children separated from immigrant parents. 

The Morton Memo was issued in 2011 by John Morton, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In it, he directs ICE to use prosecutorial discretion in deportation proceedings and to “refrain from pursuing noncitizens with close family, educational, military, or other ties in the U.S. and instead spend the agency’s limited resources on persons who pose a serious threat to public safety or national security.” The Immigration Policy Institute offers more of the content and detailed analysis of the Morton Memo

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