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Why President Trump's Immigration Plan Could Tear Families Apart

Most people may have missed the story of an Arizona mother who was deported and forced to leave behind her two U.S.-born children earlier this month, but it sent ripples of fear across the country and drove many immigrant families underground. Teachers quickly grew worried that immigrant kids were no longer showing up to school. Lawyers noticed that fewer families were appearing for their court dates.

President Donald Trump’s immigration plan is already taking a heavy toll on undocumented immigrants across the country, particularly for parents looking out for their loved ones. Not only do the administration’s actions threaten to tear up families, but new directives have been designed to actively punish undocumented parents for their efforts to provide for their children.