Sandra Payes Chacon, wife of Rony Molina, poses for a portrait at a friends home in Atlixco, Mexico, Thursday, June 7, 2012. Sandra, who lived in the U.S. illegally, was deported to Gu

 

              Sandra Payes Chacon, wife of Rony Molina, poses for a portrait at a friends home in Atlixco, Mexico, Thursday, June 7, 2012. Sandra, who lived in the U.S.  illegally, was deported to Gu
Sandra Payes Chacon, wife of Rony Molina, poses for a portrait at a friends home in Atlixco, Mexico, Thursday, June 7, 2012. Sandra, who lived in the U.S. illegally, was deported to Guatemala a year and a half ago. She left behind her husband and her three children, all of them U.S. citizens. In the first six months of 2011, the United States removed more than 46,000 immigrants who were the parents of American-born children according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The number was first reported in a study called "Shattered Families" by the Applied Research Center, a New York-based social justice organization. Nearly 45,000 such parents were removed in the first six months of this year, according to the ICE. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)