A strong case for executive action

Sociology Assistant Professor Erin Hamilton co-authored an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle.

Deported parents face no good solutions to the dilemma of forced separation from their children: Either they remove their children from their country of citizenship, or deportees return to rejoin their children, facing harsh penalties if caught.

Many in Houston regularly face the terrible prospect. The recent news that Francis Gomez, a 20-year legal Houston resident from El Salvador and father of two young U.S. citizen children, was deported on account of two traffic tickets was hardly an anomaly. Last year, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency deported 72,000 parents of U.S.-citizen children. Like Gomez, many deportees hold legal documents to live in the United States, and most are deported for minor offenses or immigration violations.

Read more at the Houston Chronicle.