A Fronteras Desk Series:

Removed, the Realities of Deportation.


By the end of 2013, close to 2 million people will have been deported under the Obama administration.

A Fronteras Desk series begins with three stories about what happens to children who are detained and deported, and what happens to children after their parents are deported.

More stories will follow in coming weeks.


Hundreds, if not thousands, of deported parents are trying to reunite with children left behind in the United States. In 2011, some 1,500 children in Southern California were removed from detained or deported parents and placed in state care.
Under the Obama administration, more than 400,000 people were deported from the United States in 2012. The majority were adults, many with criminal records, but minors are sometimes caught up in this enforcement dragnet.
In the last two years, more than 205,000 parents of American citizen children were deported from the United States. That means a new influx of American kids are now living – and learning – in Mexico.