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Report Calls for Judicial Discretion in Deporting Immigrant Parents

The United States has deported the lawful immigrant parents of nearly 88,000 citizen children over a 10-year period, according to a new joint report from Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic and Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, and the Immigration Law Clinic at UC Davis School of Law.

The report, entitled In the Child’s Best Interest?, finds that the forced removal of legal permanent resident parents convicted of relatively minor crimes can result in children experiencing psychological harm, behavioral changes, and disruptions in both their health and education.

Amid revised immigration laws that limit judges’ ability to factor in the impact of deportation on children, recommendations from In the Child's Best Interest? include restoring judicial discretion in cases that involve deporting legal permanent residents. More information about the report is available here.