American-Born Children of Illegal Immigrants Face Difficult Decision When Parents Deported

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

Many of the 18,000 adults deported since June under an initiative of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency were raising minor children, including thousands born in the United States. In such cases, citizen children may either stay behind with friends or relatives, or leave with their deported parents for unfamiliar lands. (See related story, page 6.) Immigration advocates say ICE is turning a blind eye to families being torn apart, but the agency says illegal immigrant parents are aware of the policy and must accept the consequences of their actions. April 4,