America's Wire Releases Story on Immigrant Parents Fighting to Retain Custody of their Children Following Detainment

Jan 27, 2012, 11:05 ET from America's Wire

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's Wire today released a story about undocumented immigrant parents, usually Latinos, who are losing custody of their children.  It cites data from an alarming study by the Applied Research Center and details the case of Encarnacion Bail, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, who is in a prolonged fight to regain custody of her son, Carlos.

Award-winning reporter, Marjorie Valbrun, reports that more than 5,000 children of immigrants are languishing in state foster care nationwide because their parents were living in the United States illegally and were detained or deported by federal immigration authorities. "These children can spend years in foster homes, and some are put up for adoption after termination of their parents' custody rights," she writes. "With neither state nor federal officials addressing the problem, thousands more are poised to enter the child welfare system every year."

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"Our story exemplifies what is wrong with America's immigration policy," said Michael K. Frisby, president of America's Wire. "Ms. Valbrun details the impact on immigrant children and how parents who came to America in search of a better life are losing custody of their children. I urge media outlets and websites to publish this story to help the public better understand the consequences of our nation's failed immigration policy."     

America's Wire is an independent journalism outlet that provides newspapers, community papers, websites, ethnic publications and wire services with stories that report on structural inequalities, and the communities impacted by it. This week, we also highlight a story on the abysmal academic performance of Latino and African-American high school students.  They are performing at the same level as 30 years ago; on average, black and Latino high school seniors read and do math at the same level as 13-year old white students.  This story is also available free at    

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Michael K. Frisby

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