Priority Populations

Paying the Price: The Impact of Immigration Raids on America’s Children

This study conducted by The Urban Institute and funded by the National Council of La Raza, documents the impact of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) worksite raids on the children of undocumented workers. The findings are based on a study of three communities that experienced large-scale worksite raids in 2007: Greeley, Colorado; Grand Island, Nebraska; and New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Over 900 adults were arrested in the three study sites, and the parents among them collectively had over 500 children. In two of the sites, 79 percent and 88 percent of children were ages ten and younger. In one site, more than half of the children were ages five and younger. The findings indicate that children experienced family separation, economic hardship, schooling interruptions, and mental trauma.