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Child Welfare And Immigration Enforcement

Sign at the U.S. Border
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Last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported more than 400,000 people. But what happens when those deportees are parents? Children may end up in foster care as parents abroad struggle to regain custody. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Donna Shumate, an attorney in Sparta, North Carolina; Nina Rabin, director of the Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona; and Annick Lenoir-Peek, parent representation coordinator at the North Carolina Office for Parent Representation.

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.