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5 Million Children Caught In Immigration Debate

The Urban Institute estimates that there are over five million children in the U.S. whose parents are here illegally. In the debate over immigration, these kids have a lot at stake.

A group of high school students in Vista goes over their classroom assignment.

A group of high school students in Vista goes over their classroom assignment.

Photo by Ana Tintocalis

This high school class in Vista is like any other in San Diego County, except for one big difference: Each student is either pregnant or has a baby.

This high school class in Vista is like any other in San Diego County, except for one big difference: Each student is either pregnant or has a baby.

Photo by Ana Tintocalis

A recent study by the nonprofit organization the Urban Institute shows there are an estimated 5.5 million children with parents who are in the country illegally.

A recent study by the nonprofit organization the Urban Institute shows there are an estimated 5.5 million children with parents who are in the country illegally.

Photo by Ana Tintocalis

The Urban Institute study found at least 100,000 parents living and working the U.S. illegally have been detained or deported over the past decade.

The Urban Institute study found at least 100,000 parents living and working the U.S. illegally have been detained or deported over the past decade.

Photo by Ana Tintocalis

Amy, 16, is a teenager who attends the class in Vista. She and her family were smuggled into the U.S. when she was in the fourth grade. She recently became homeless because her parents were deported.

Amy, 16, is a teenager who attends the class in Vista. She and her family were smuggled into the U.S. when she was in the fourth grade. She recently became homeless because her parents were deported.

Photo by Ana Tintocalis

Research finds when those kids are separated from their parents, they suffer a wide range of financial, social and emotional hardships. The most common is not having a stable place to live.

Research finds when those kids are separated from their parents, they suffer a wide range of financial, social and emotional hardships. The most common is not having a stable place to live.

Photo by Ana Tintocalis

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