The Latino Policy Coalition (LPC) has
requested that President Barack Obama issue an Executive
Order that puts an end to the shattering of Latino families; and
begins the process of reuniting American citizen children with their
undocumented immigrant parents.
According to the Shattered
Families Report in 2011, over 48,000 mothers and fathers of at
least one U.S. citizen child were separated due to U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detentions and deportations.
The proposed Executive
Order would require, as a first step, the establishment of a
national registry of these children and their locations – so their
parents can find them and reunify with them.
During sweeps of Latino neighborhoods, conducted by ICE, parents were
unable to claim or make arrangements for their children to be returned
to them, or to be cared for by close family members. Many children have
been permanently separated from their parents’ love by county foster
care agencies. These federally-funded county programs have inadequate
policies to address the distinctive circumstances that undocumented
immigrant parents in detention or deportation proceedings face.
Copies of the LPC letter to President Obama, and the proposed Executive
Order, have been transmitted to: U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz,
Chair – Democratic National Committee; Linda Chavez-Thompson, Vice Chair
– Democratic National Committee; Donna Brazile, Vice Chair of Voter
Registration & Participation – Democratic National Committee; U.S. Rep.
Charles A. Gonzalez, Chair – Congressional Hispanic Caucus; and Mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa, Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention;
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chair Senate Hispanic Task Force.
Policy Coalition (www.latinopolicycoalition.org)
is a national non-partisan non-profit consortium of the countrys
leading Latino research organizations and scholars. LPC is chaired by
former San Francisco City and County Supervisor Jim Gonzalez, who is the
first author of a City of Sanctuary Ordinance in the nation. Sixty other
U.S. cities have passed similar legislation to protect the human rights
of immigrant communities.