Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC).
UNICEF Better Care Network
3 UN Plaza room 735-2
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1 212.326.7384
Fax: +1 212.735.4413
This brief explains changes in illegal immigration enforcement under the Trump Administration and the impact on illegal immigrant families. It notes there is an estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States, and more than 5 million children in the United States currently living with at least one undocumented parent. Information is provided on how illegal immigration enforcement impacts the child welfare system and practice points are offered for child welfare workers who work with immigrant children and families. Protections that exist for illegal immigrant families in California are reviewed, as well as federal policies that exist to help keep immigrant families intact. Finally, strategies social workers can use to help support illegal immigrant children and families are discussed and include: identify potential eligibility for immigration relief for children and their families, make important referrals to legal services providers, and work to build trust with families by distinguishing themselves from federal immigration authorities and assuring families that they will not disclose confidential information about their immigration status to the federal government. A list of additional resources is provided.
undocumented immigrants; immigrants; children of immigrants; deportation; child welfare workers; professional conduct; child welfare services; family preservation; worker client relationships; confidentiality