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Many Muslim families in the U.S. keep their children home from school for Eid holidays. Some are petitioning their school districts to close, as they do for many Christian and Jewish holy days.
Current policy conversation about unauthorized immigrants tends to focus on adults and adolescents, even though children comprise a large population affected by immigration laws. A parent’s unauthorized status can negatively affect child development in regards to health and education, according to a March 2013 report by the Migration Policy Institute.
Children of immigrants face many challenges compared to their peers, and one of them could be greater health risks. More specifically, children of Mexican immigrants tend to experience more health problems while living in the U.S. than any other immigrant group, according to a July 2013 report by the Migration Policy Institute.
Mexican immigrants' children in particular are more likely to experience health challenges because of limited healthcare access and health education, the report explains. Asthma complications and obesity can be the result of inadequate resources.
Most immigrants come to the United States in search of a better life for their family, but sometimes, it comes with an unintended consequence: separation. Many consider the U.S. immigration system to be broken, as complex laws and judicial processes break families apart, according to an April 2013 report by the Urban Institute.