For families that decide to leave Mexico and take their chances in the United States, there is a calculation to be made: What is the price of pursing a dream? As we discovered earlier this month in the little town of Malinalco, about an hour outside of Mexico City, it is a cost that seems to be borne unfairly by the children of migrant families.
The many barriers to entry in the United States mean that there are many scenarios where parents and children are separated. For instance, when illegal immigrants are deported what happens to their children born in the United States who can stay even though their parents are sent back across the border. There are an estimated 5,000 children of deported parents in the foster care system.