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Children Without a StateA Global Human Rights Challenge$
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Jacqueline Bhabha

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015271

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015271.001.0001

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Clashing Values and Cross Purposes: Immigration Law’s Marginalization of Children and Families

Clashing Values and Cross Purposes: Immigration Law’s Marginalization of Children and Families

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(p.237) 10 Clashing Values and Cross Purposes: Immigration Law’s Marginalization of Children and Families
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Children Without a State
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David B. Thronson

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015271.003.0010

This chapter focuses on the devaluation of children’s interest by US immigration law, the focus of which is parent-centred families with lawful immigration status. It explores the disadvantages of children’s citizenship devaluation, including restricted public and social benefits. The chapter discusses how workplace immigration raids on mixed-status families by US immigration law enforcement create crisis scenarios for the children of the families. It concludes with the importance of altering the workplace raids policy of the immigration law and reforming the law to recognize the interests of the children.

Keywords:   immigration law, citizenship devaluation, workplace immigration raids, mixed families, social benefits

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