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By Kai Wright Nov 10, 2011

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Last week published a package of investigative reporting that is making a stir. After more than a year’s worth of reporting, our research team found thousands of children lingering in foster care because their parents have been deported or detained by immigration officials. Further, we expect the problem to be many times larger than we can see: Through a Freedom of Information Act request, we discovered that nearly a quarter of all those deported in the first half of 2011–a whopping 46,000 people–were parents of U.S. citizen children.

This kind of reporting is essential, urgent and wildly expensive. For this investigation, reporters traveled across the country to conduct interviews, spent months trying to gain access to local court records, and documented this process and their findings through video and other media platforms. That kind of reporting is costly, which is why fewer and fewer news outlets do it–and fewer still who care enough to look critically at the systemic forces that create racial inequity.

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