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(First Focus, Feb 5, 2013)
First Focus and the Women’s Refugee Commission led the effort to develop these principles for children in immigration reform to ensure that efforts at immigration reform consider the best interests of children and their families.

(IPC Fact Check, Dec 2012)
The Immigration Policy Center and First Focus released this fact sheet outlining the unique challenges that federal and state immigration enforcement measures pose to child well-being and family unity, including SB1064 as a promising legislative model.


(Associated Press, New York Times, Nov 27, 2012)
A North Carolina judge on Tuesday ordered three U.S.-born children to be reunited with their deported Mexican father, a move toward resolving a 2-year legal fight that has drawn international attention.


(Press Release, Office of Senator deLeon, Oct 1, 2012)
Immigrant children will no longer be separated from their families by the immigration system thanks to a bill signed this weekend by Governor Brown sponsored by Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). Senate Bill 1064 (SB 1064) is the first in the nation to eliminate the barriers to family reunification for immigrant families in the child welfare system.  


(by Yali Lincroft, First Focus Campaign for Children, Oct 1, 2012)
Last night, California Governor Jerry Brown signed two landmark legislation to help detained and deported immigrant parents.


(by Yali Lincroft, Immigration Impacts, Oct 2012)
Late last month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills – AB2015  and SB1064  – which address the nightmare scenarios that can befall parents and their children caught up in the immigration system. 


(by Yali Lincroft, First Focus Campaign for Children, Aug 30, 2012)
Juana Reyes is an undocumented single mother of two U.S. born citizen children who sold tamales in front of Walmart in Sacramento, California for years. Her troubles began when she was arrested on June 28, 2012 for trespassing and Reyes was identified as a deportable alien by the local sheriff’s department.


(by Prof. Kurt C. Organista, UC Berkeley School of Social Work, SFGate.com, Aug 27, 2012)  
State Sen. Kevin  De Leon, D-Los Angeles authored legislation, SB1064, which seeks to protect the rights of parents, regardless of their citizenship status.  No matter where you stand on today's immigration debate, most people can agree that detentions and deportations never were intended to separate children from their parents.


(by Helen O'Neill, AP Reporter, Newser, Aug 25, 2012)
Alexis Molina was just 10 years old when his mother was abruptly cut out of his life and his carefree childhood unraveled overnight.


(Los Angeles Times Editorial, July 31, 2012) 
About 5,000 children in more than 20 states were put in foster care after their parents were detained or deported by immigration authorities. That's unacceptable.


(by Viveka Garza-Gómez, Latino Fox News, July 20, 2012)
In the past year, 400,000 people were deported from the United States, leaving immigrant and US-born children emotionally reeling from the separation of their families . . .


(by Stephen Magagnini, Sacramento Bee, July 19, 2012)   
Undocumented single mother spent 12 days in jail for trepassing charges an dfaces deportation while her childre are placed in foster care, despite many relatives who came to the scene of the arrest seeking to care for the children.

 
(by Brian Ross and Angela M. Hill, ABC News, July 18, 2012)
In a controversial case that involved the rights of illegal immigrants and their young children, a Guatemalan mother lost her effort today to get back the five-year old son who was taken away from her after her arrest on immigration charges and put up for adoption in Missouri despite her objections.


(by Maria Elena Salinas, Jorge Luis Mota and Alexis Aran, Univision - video and story, May 19, 2012) 
Amelia Reyes Jiménez a diario madruga para ir al trabajo. Después regresa a la humilde vivienda que comparte con su hermana y sobrinos, en Guadalajara, México. Allí se sienta a esperar, porque su corazón, dice, quedó en Arizona.


(by Seth Freed Wessler, Colorlines, Mar 28, 2012)
A California Senate committee yesterday voted in support of a bill to prevent the separation of families when children of deported parents are stuck in the child welfare system. Nearly a quarter of these estimated 5,100 children are California residents. The bill is the first piece of state legislation to address the shattered families problem.


(by Leslie Berestein Rojas, 89.3 KPCC, National Public Radio, Mar 28, 2012) 
In California, a state Senate committee has voted in favor of a bill that’s intended to help some immigrants in deportation hold onto their children through the process, introduced by Sen. Kevin De León (SB1064), a Democrat from Los Angeles. If the California bill were to become law, it would be the first of its kind in the country


(by Leslie Berestein Rojas, 89.3 KPCC, National Public Radio - Southern California, Feb 3, 2012) 
Several years ago in San Diego, I met a family of three children whose parents had been deported after losing their bid to become legal residents. 
 


 

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