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Separated Families: Barriers to Family Reunification After Deportation
This paper outlines the complexities — and unlikelihood — of keeping families together when facing, or in the aftermath of deportation. After discussing the context that prevents reunification among immigrant families more generally, I outline several of the particular ways that families are divided when a member is deported. Drawing on case studies from longitudinal ethnographic research in Mexico and the United States, I describe: 1) the difficulties in successfully canceling deportation orders, 2) the particular limitations to family reunification for US citizen children when a parent is deported, and 3) the legal barriers to authorized return to the United States after deportation. I argue that without comprehensive immigration reform and concrete possibilities for relief, mixed-status and transnational families will continue to be divided. Existing laws do not adequately address family life and the diverse needs of individuals as members of families, creating a humanitarian crisis both within and beyond the borders of the United States. The paper concludes with recommendations for immigration policy reform and suggestions for restructuring administrative processes that directly impact those who have been deported and their family members.

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Keumjae Park of William Patterson University reviews Global Talent: Skilled Labor as Social Capital in Korea, by Bi-Wook Shin and Joon Nak Choi. The book examines how South Korea can work against its impending “brain drain” crisis by exploring four different groups of...

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The paper discusses two forms of ethnic identification in American society: the cultural world to which immigrants and socially and economically marginal racial groups cling and the “new ethnics” who utilized ethnic awareness to fulfill emotional or pragmatic goals. The...

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The aim of the study is to assess the teaching of the Second Vatican Council with regard to internal and external migration, and to understand the economic, psychological and spiritual needs of migrants in order to assist them through pastoral...

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