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PORTAL Immigration Forum

By LACSI on August 31, 2016 in
October 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
290 S Hull St
Athens, GA 30605

The effect of deportation and detention on children and families

with Maria Bermudez, Ashley Walsdorf and Yolanda Machado-Escudero, College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Currently, there is a great need to better understand the economic, social, and political impact and possible traumatic effects of community-based raids by representatives of the federal government (e.g., ICE agents). This is especially true for mixed immigration status families and/or persons with unauthorized residential status. Demographic data highlights the need for greater understanding and knowledge in this policy arena, particularly in Georgia which experienced a 103% growth of its Latino population between 2001 and 2011 (U.S. Census, 2010). Given the blatant anti-immigrant and anti-Latino sentiment in Georgia and the recent ICE raids in Athens, children in Athens Clarke County, who comprise 23% of the local public school district student body (U.S. Census, 2010; Clarke County School District, 2015) are especially vulnerable. The majority of these students, much like five million other Latino children in the U.S. live in “mixed status” homes with one or more parent being an undocumented citizen (Capps, Castaneda, Chaudry, & Santos, 2007). They are especially vulnerable to the effects of forced detention, abrupt deportation, and harsh immigration enforcement policies implemented upon their families.

In this forum, we will discuss the issues pertinent to mixed-status Latino families in Georgia and what we can do a scholars, volunteers, and community based service providers to address their needs and concerns.


The PORTAL immigration forum is a series of brown bag lunch presentations around immigration from multiple disciplines during Hispanic Heritage Month. Each session will feature faculty from UGA and LACSI presenting their research or service and then leading a discussion about their topics.

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