Immigrant communities across the country are experiencing a surge in detention and deportation of both children and adults. Nation-wide, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested 40% more people during the first nine months of 2017 than the same period in 2016. Once a family member is detained by ICE, removal proceedings can take several months or even years to complete. Prolonged periods of detention can push families into poverty and create tremendous emotional strain for both parents and children.

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