Forgotten Citizens: Deportation, Children, and the Making of American Exiles and Orphans

Hardcover | March 31, 2015

byLuis Zayas

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The United States Constitution insures that all persons born in the US are citizens with equal protection under the law. But in today's America, the US-born children of undocumented immigrants - over four million of them - do not enjoy fully the benefits of citizenship or of feeling that theybelong. Children in mixed-status families are forgotten in the loud and discordant immigration debate. They live under the constant threat that their parents will suddenly be deported. Their parents face impossible decisions: make their children exiles or make them orphans. In Forgotten Citizens, Luis Zayas holds a mirror to a nation in crisis, providing invaluable perspectives for anyone brave enough to look. Zayas draws on his extensive work as a mental health clinician and researcher to present the most complete picture yet of how immigration policy subvertschildren's rights, harms their mental health, and leaves lasting psychological trauma. We meet Virginia, a kindergartener so terrified of revealing her family's status that she took her father's warning don't say anything so literally she hadn't spoken in school in over a year. We hear from Brandon,exiled with his family to Mexico, who worries that his father will die in the desert trying to immigrate again. Children like Virginia and Brandon have been silenced and their stories largely overlooked in the broader debates about immigration policy. As this book demonstrates, we can no longer afford to ignore them.

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The United States Constitution insures that all persons born in the US are citizens with equal protection under the law. But in today's America, the US-born children of undocumented immigrants - over four million of them - do not enjoy fully the benefits of citizenship or of feeling that theybelong. Children in mixed-status families ar...

Luis Zayas, PhD, is Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin and the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy. He is the author of Latinas Attempting Suicide: When Cultures, Families, and Daughters Collide.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 31, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190211121

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Preface1. Keeping Silent2. Migrating for Life's Sake3. Immigration Wars4. The Lives of Citizen-Children5. Rules and Responsibility, Guilt and Shame6. Arrest and Detention, and the Aftermath7. Fighting to Preserve a Life8. Losing the Challenge9. Exiles and the Limits of Citizenship10. Human Loss and Becoming Deportation Orphans11. Our Common FutureAppendix A Research Project: Exploring the Effects of Parental Deportation on U.S. Citizen ChildrenAppendix B Cancellation of Removal Cases: Practical Information for Mental Health Clinicians (with Mollie Bradlee)