As many undocumented parents of children born in the United States worry about the well-being of their children if they are deported, our Executive Director Carmen Chavez advised prepardeness and open discussion amongst families facing this uncertainty. “Studies done by the Migration Policy Institute, estimate there are 5 million children under the age of 18, living with at least one undocumented parent. Seventy-nine percent of those children are U.S. Citizens.” Please click here for the full article and video.
As the numbers of unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America rose, our Executive Director Carmen Chavez was called upon to speak about this issue at a national level. Carmen was featured in both the Washington Post and on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC, sharing the point of view of the young children we serve. On MSNBC, Carmen shared two stories of teenagers, Teresa and Antonio, who could not escape the grip of gang violence in their home countries and fled to the U.S. to safety. In the Washington Post article, Carmen reminds readers about the particular vulnerability of these children. Please click here for the article.