Essay On Deportation

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What is deportation? Deportation is defined as the lawful expulsion of an undesired alien or another person from a state. (Dictionary.com, n.d.) In the United States today, there are over 11 million undocumented persons. Although they are illegal immigrants, many of them have children and other family members that live legally within the United States. When an illegal immigrant is deported from their current residence, what happens to their family members with legal status? Deportation affects them in many ways that it can negatively impact a child’s health and development, creates a larger number of immigrant families depending upon a single income, and separates children from their parents. As a result, some bills and programs such as the Help Separated Children Act, the DAPA program, and the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act were created to benefit these immigrant families. Deportation has been occurring in the United States since the late 1700’s. Under the first deportation law, the Alien Act of 1798, the President had the power to deport anyone who was thought of as dangerous or a menace to society. Over 130 years later, “in the …show more content…
Firstly, the Help Separated Children Act was introduced on July 16, 2012, by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). This act would “ensure that children are not taken away from their relatives simply because of their parents’ immigration status”. (Dreby, 2012). This would limit the number of children that are separated from their undocumented parent. As a result, the child or children would have a lower risk of developing disorders such as PTSD as mentioned above because they have the comfort of their

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