President Trump, how will your administration deal with US-citizen children whose parents are deported?

The Takeaway

People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's immigration policy and the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in New York City, on Feb. 11, 2017. 

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Over President Donald Trump's first 100 days, we're asking him questions that our audience wants answers to. Join the project by tweeting this question to @realDonaldTrump with the hashtag #100Days100Qs.

#46. @realDonaldTrump: How will your administration deal with US-citizen children whose parents are deported? #100Days100Qs

According to the 2016 Current Population Survey from the US Census Bureau, immigrants and their US-born children make up 27 percent of the overall US population. 

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that there were 5.1 million children under age 18 living with at least one undocumented immigrant parent between 2009 and 2013. 

“The vast majority of these children — 79 percent or 4.1 million — were US citizens,” MPI reports.  

US immigration

This chart displays both the number of immigrants residing in the United States and their share of the total US population over time.

In late February, the Department of Homeland Security released new deportation rules, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement has just begun to carry out raids to round up, arrest and deport hundreds of undocumented people. The Trump administration has reportedly already separated children who are US citizens from their undocumented parents. 

So, as part of our 100 Questions in 100 Days series, we’re wondering: Mr. President, how will your administration deal with children who are US citizens but whose parents are deported?

If you’d like answers to that question too, click here to tweet the president — we’re hoping you can help us get his attention. And here are more immigration-related questions you might ask:

#41. @realDonaldTrump How will you handle cases of abuse at privately run prisons and immigration detention centers? #100Days100Qs

#32. @realDonaldTrump What are you going to do with DAPA and DACA? #100Days100Qs

#19. @realDonaldTrump: You plan to hire 10,000 more immigration officers. Are you also expanding immigration courts? #100Days100Qs

#7. @realdonaldtrump: In addition to undocumented immigrants, are you prioritizing deportation of lawful US residents? #100Days100Qs

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