Center on the Developing Child

Deporting Parents Hurts Kids

Deporting undocumented parents can create lasting harm for their American citizen children, according to a recent op-ed co-authored by Center-affiliated faculty member and Academic Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Hirokazu Yoshikawa. The article warns that children of deportation have a greater likelihood of facing long-term negative impacts, including economic turmoil, psychic scarring, and reduced school attainment. Yoshikawa stresses that a more humane deportation policy, focused on violent offenders and not those with strong family ties, is necessary.

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