Life After Deportation: The Health and Education of the Children of Mexican Migrants Expelled from the United States

By Marta Rodríguez-Cruz


Author: Marta Rodríguez-Cruz, PhD, Institute of Anthropological Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Since the 1990’s, the line between criminal and immigration law has become increasingly blurred in the United States. This development has gone hand-in-hand with an increase in deportation policies. This issue brief traces the impacts of these policies on the health and education of the children of Mexicans who are expelled from the United States or who migrate back with their families ‘voluntarily’ for fear of this occurring. It demonstrates how immigration containment policies can separate and destroy families, with serious effects on the mental and emotional health of child and adolescent members. The brief concludes with number of policy recommendations to address the issues raised within.


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