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NC deportation case highlights child welfare maze
NC judge could terminate parental rights of deported worker, put US-born sons up for adoption
By The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ' A North Carolina immigration case is highlighting the legal tangle that can follow the deportation of parents with children born in the United States.

When Felipe Montes was set back to Mexico two years ago, his three young sons were left with their mentally ill, American-born mother in the tiny mountain town of Sparta. Social workers soon placed the boys in foster care.

Authorities there are now asking a judge to strip the 32-year-old Montes of his parental rights to clear the way for adoption by American families.

Montes lived in the United States for 7 years before being deported following a string of traffic charges. Advocates for immigration reform say there are at least 5,100 cases nationally where deported parents risk losing children solely because of their immigration status.


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