Essay about Immigration And The Child Welfare System

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Introduction
In America there are approximately 5.5 million Latino children with undocumented parents, an estimated seventy-five percent of these children are American citizens (Rubio-Hernandez & Ayon, 2016). Immigrant children are the United States fasted growing population (Pine & Drachman, 2005). “Undocumented immigrants (also called illegal immigrants) are those who not have valid immigration documents. They may have expired temporary visas or may have entered the country without the knowledge of immigration authorities” (Pine & Drachman, 2005, p. 542). The needs of these immigrants or children of immigrants are not being met, and our mainstream institutions and professions to meet these needs (child welfare agencies, schools, etc.) are far outpaced. “American social work developed largely around the provision of services to immigrants” (Pine & Drachman, 2005, p. 539). With a strength and resilience based approach what can we as social workers do to advocate and support the children and families affected by immigration and our child welfare system? This topic is especially important for social workers in Arizona due to the most current senate bill 1070 and the 1996 restructuring of immigration and welfare policies. Our Arizona immigrant families, even legal ones are barred from obtaining welfare benefits, disability payments, public health insurance (Pine & Drachman, 2005), and are faced with discrimination, racial profiling, police persecution, detentions,…

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