Urban Institute Senior Research Associate Randy Capps said the negative impact of the raids could be mitigated if parents were released quickly. “ICE should assume there will always be children, generally young children who will be affected by the raids,” Capps said. “They should develop a consistent policy for releasing parents. And single-parents should be released on the same day.”
Reverend E. Roy Riley, Bishop of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, who has testified before Congress on matters of welfare reform and immigration, was also on hand at the event. At the Press Club he urged Congress to take action to protect the immigrant children. In his remarks he addressed concerns that undocumented workers should have considered what effect their illegal status could have on their children.
“All parents should have thought that and their children’s jeopardy before they came here,” he said. “But for the vast majority of these young immigrant families that is exactly what they did. They weighed jeopardy of children where they were and wanted more than anything else to give their children an adequate home, sufficient food and a good education, a chance for a better life.”