How many children would lose parents through mass deportation?

Posted at 8:48 PM, Nov 17, 2016

Pew Research released an analysis on Thursday claiming that 3.9 million US school children have at least one parent who is an undocumented immigrant, as of 2014. The 2014 figure would represent 7.3 percent of all K-12 students in American schools.

Of the 3.9 million children, 80 percent are US born, and thus US citizens. That left roughly 725,000 students who are undocumented immigrants themselves. 

According to Pew, nearly two-thirds of adults who are undocumented immigrants have been in the United States for more than a decade.

While there was a rapid increase in the number of children with undocumented parents from 1995 to 2005, those numbers stabilized and even slowly declined from 2005 to 2009. But since 2009, those numbers have been slowly on the rise. 

While nearly 3.2 million children are allowed to remain in the United States, their parents are subject to deportation. 

President-elect Trump has made mass deportations a part of his campaign pitch. He told 60 Minutes last week he plans to immediately remove 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants who have criminal records as soon as he is able to. 

Although Trump has said that he does not plan to immediately deport immigrants who have not committed violent crimes and who have children who are US citizens, he has not offered a long-term solution on what to do with parents of US citizens. 

Trump has also not offered any policies to curb any impacts to the foster and adoption care system caused by mass deportation.