In 2014, it is expected that the number of immigrants deported under US President Barack Obama will likely surpass two million; that is more than the total number of deportations prior to 1997.
This will result in more families being divided, with many who have lived for decades in the United States forced to return to a homeland they barely recognise.
Meanwhile, in the halls of Congress, the immigration reform debate is still at a standstill, and a civil disobedience movement has spread across the country pushing for Obama to halt deportations until reform passes.
Fault Lines looks beneath the political rhetoric to examine the impact of a broken immigration system on immigrant families.
“To think that the state could actively separate families, actively take away the parents of US citizen children, I think we’re going to look back on this time and probably be disgusted.”
– Daniel Martinez, George Washington University
|The Deported: A Q&A with Fault Lines’ Josh Rushing (AUDIO)|
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