Foreign deportations, child custody, could cost CT $630 million.

March 29, 2017

HARTFORD — State agencies have developed a “toolkit” for foreign-born residents living here without legal permission, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday, stressing that as many as 22,000 children could be forced into foster care if their parents are captured and deported.

The kit includes step-by-step suggestions for parents to develop plans to leave with friends or family members in case they are detained or deported under President Trump’s ramped-up anti-immigrant efforts. If the children with deported parents become wards of the state, it could cost Connecticut $630 million, Malloy said.

The plan, which is being distributed electronically to municipal governments, school districts, libraries and legal service agencies, is available in English and Spanish to develop child-care plans. It also contains resources for legal assistance.

“We want to make sure that people have a plan in place should immigration action separate their families,” Malloy said in a statement. “It is estimated that there are around 22,000 U.S. citizen children of undocumented immigrant parents living in Connecticut. I strongly encourage anyone with these kinds of concerns to utilize this toolkit, fill out the forms, and have a plan in place.”

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