Deportations Strand Young U.S. Citizens

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The Chicago Tribune

Since the deportation of their mother last year as a “criminal alien,” 22-year-old University of Texas senior Luissana Santibanez has been raising her three U.S.-born teenage siblings – their lives a snapshot of how immigrant families are being fractured by the federal government’s expanding crackdown on illegal immigrants. Experts estimate that nearly one-third of the nation’s 6.3 million “unauthorized” families are actually of mixed status: illegal immigrant parents with at least one citizen child. April 29,