Immigration Enforcement, Parent-Child Separations and Intent to Remigrate by Central American Deportees

Given the unprecedented increase in the flow of migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, this seminar will analyse the impact of U.S. interior immigration enforcement on parent-child separations among Central American deportees along with its implications for deportees’ intentions to remigrate to the United States. Using the EMIF SUR survey data, we find that interior enforcement raises the likelihood of parent-child separations, and that parents who are separated from their young children are more likely to report the intention to return to the United States, presumably undocumented, in the future. By increasing parent-child separations, U.S. interior enforcement may be counterproductive in deterring repetitive unauthorized crossings among Central American deportees.