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North Carolina judge orders return of 3 US-born children to their deported Mexican father

Children of Immigrants

Associated Press

The First Focus Campaign for Children, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group, used Montes’ situation this year to push for two new laws in California aimed at preventing family separations triggered by deportation. Spokeswoman Yali Lincroft predicted Tuesday’s ruling in North Carolina will set a legal precedent other courts will pay attention to.

“Hopefully, this case will make the child welfare system aware of due process, so that this sort of thing doesn’t happen again,” Lincroft said.

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