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School Counselors Working with Latino Children and Families Affected by Deportation

Graciela León Orozco and Ulash Thakore-Dunlap


In recent years, working without legal papers in the United States is a serious crime, punishable by incarceration and deportation. Federal immigration authorities have targeted undocumented immigrants in the biggest crackdown in decades (Solis, 2008). “Arrests in worksite cases have jumped from a total of 850 in 2004 to 4,940 last year, including 863 arrests based on criminal charges,” according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Secretary Chertoff (as quoted in Bacon, 2008). The widespread raids have led to a large percentage of Latinos worrying a lot (40%) or worrying some (17%) that they themselves, a member of their family, or a close friend will be deported (Pew Hispanic Center, 2008). The persecution of immigrants through tighter border controls, employer sanctions, and mass deportations is the reason behind the separation of thousands of families (Human Rights Watch, 2007). In a report released in Mexico City by the Population, Border and Migrant Affairs Commission of the Mexican Congress, for every three adults deported from the United States, one child is abandoned and left behind. Additionally, that report states that in the first seven months of 2008, the United States deported 90,000 children to Mexico alone and without their parents (La Jornada, as cited by Treviño, 2008).

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