However you feel about illegal immigrants being in this country, there is one area I believe we all can agree upon - when the parents are torn away from their children, it is the children that will suffer the most. The New York Times recently published an article in the Opinion section that speaks of this. You can read the article at this link.
During my practice I defended an illegal immigrant for parental kidnapping. This immigrant had lived in the US for about 10 years, had married a US citizen, paid taxes, and had a child with his wife. The mother (the US citizen) left immigrant for another man and subsequently left the toddler with the immigrant. The immigrant raised the child for almost 7 years without the mother contacting him or the child or providing any type of support. During this period of time the mother filed for divorce and obtained full custody of the child in another state, all without the immigrant being notified. Two years after being granted custody of the child the mother filed parental kidnapping charges against the immigrant. A warrant was issued for the arrest of the immigrant and about 3 years later the immigrant was arrested. The child taken by the law enforcement officials to family services and subsequently placed in foster care until the mother could be found even though there were family members available to take the child. The child had no idea of what was going on and was terrified. After the mother was found the child was given to her even though there had been no contact for so many years and the child did not know the mother.
The child thought the only parent she knew had abandoned her. It was only after the court dismissed the charges against the immigrant and "visitation" with the child began did my client have a chance to explain to the child what had occurred. It took several "visitations" for the child to begin trusting again. The child is now back with the immigrant (mother once again left the child with him) and he is making progress towards staying in this country legally so he can be with his child. If he is deported, what will become of the child? Will she be placed back with the mother that does not seem to be able to take care of her? Will she be deported with the immigrant (child is a US citizen)? Will she be placed in foster care?
It does cost the children when a parent is deported.