As of July 2010, Congress began requiring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to ask people slated for deportation if they are parents of minor children who are U.S. citizens. Those questioned provide the information on a voluntary basis, and it is compiled into reports submitted twice a year to Congress. According to three recent years’ worth of data reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity, ICE deported a total of 87,351 people between 2015 and the end of 2017 who claimed to have at least one U.S.- citizen child.
ICE data: Tens of thousands of deported parents have U.S. citizen kids
Deportations of parents of US kids are likely to rise, with a wider Trump net