ICE Report: 46K Undocumented Parents Deported in First Half of 2011

46 thousand is just in the first half of the year. If ICE kept that pace throughout the year, that would be close 100 thousand parents. A whole one fourth of the nearly 400 thousands deportations the Obama administration racked up in 2011. That’s a lot of parents, and begs that question, “what happens to the children of deportees?”

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WASHINGTON — In the first half of 2011 alone, nearly 46,500 parents of U.S.-born children were forced to leave the country, according to a report released on Monday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Those parents were among the 396,906 immigrants removed from the United States in the 2011 fiscal year under President Barack Obama, which set the record for deportations in one year by any president. Between Jan. 1, 2011, and June 30, 2011, 46,486 men and women were removed from the country by the government.

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Chicago Woman Arrested for Impersonating Immigration Officer and Stealing Thousands From Immigrants

Unfortunately, It’s more that just institutions exploiting immigrants in the name of profit. Coyotes, lawyers, and just everyday people are in the game of immigrants for sale. Here’s a frustrating story out of Chicago.  

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Police in Chicago have arrested a Little Village woman they say posed as an immigration officer, charging two people thousands of dollars to arrange for their U.S. citizenship.

Gloria Juarez, 53, reportedly charged two Chicago residents $17,000 to process their applications for U.S. citizenship, then threatened them with deportation at gunpoint if they failed to pay her the bogus fee, according to the Chicago Tribune. Juarez has allegedly operated the same scam for the past five years, extorting nearly $150,000 from deceived immigrants.

Juarez told authorities that she has been keeping half the money from her fraudulent exchanges, and giving the other half to her son, who owed money for drugs he had bought herVívelohoy reports. Police found crack cocaine in Juarez’s possession during her arrest Sunday.

Juarez faces charges of theft by deception, impersonating a police officer and possession of a controlled substance, police told Vívelohoy.

Police arrested Juarez after her two most recent victims filed official complaints with the department, according to Univision.