Bargaining Chips

Our Children’s Welfare Makes a Great Bargaining Chip

The welfare of children and families is not a partisan issue. At least, it shouldn’t be. And yet, beginning Jan. 19 the United States experienced a three-day government shutdown. While politicians on both sides refused...
DACA, CHIP, Trafficking Bills

DACA, CHIP, and Human Trafficking Are Top Child Welfare Issues in Congress

Health care, human trafficking, and immigration are pressing child welfare issues and the focus of bills introduced into Congress at the end of 2017. Leading into the new year, many of these bills have...

The State of Play for DACA and Dreamers

On Friday morning, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act which included important gains for children and families such as: An additional four-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), to bring it up...
Lives in Limbo

American Hopes, Broken Dreams

Lives in Limbo uses qualitative research techniques to follow the lives of 150 undocumented Latino (largely Mexican) youths in Los Angeles over a 12-year span. The research for the book has yielded a wealth of...
DACA 7 Things

Seven Things to Know about DACA

You may be eligible for DACA if you: Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; Have continuously resided in the...
DACA Demystified

DACA: Leaving Families in Limbo

Gabriela Pedroza remembers exactly where she was in June 2012 when she heard President Obama explain the immigration policy changes that would become the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “When Obama made the announcement...


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