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Preparing for the Worst in a Mixed-Status Family

Preparing for the Worst in a Mixed-Status Family

All over the United States, immigrant families are experiencing the fear of deportation due to the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigrants without legal status. This is a particular concern for so-called mixed-status families, or those families who have some undocumented members and some members with legal immigration status. A common mixed-status family model includes U.S. citizen children and parents with no legal immigration status. For these American-born children and their immigrant parents, the fear of deportation potentially splitting up of their family is very real. Some estimate that as many as nine million people in mixed-status families are living with this fear each day. These fears bring about questions to which these families have no good answers. Should they prepare to leave their children with relatives in the U.S. while they return to a country where they haven’t lived in 20 years? Do they take their children with them to Mexico, where they are unlikely to have remaining family or friends, and subject their children to an extreme culture shock? There isn’t one answer to these questions that fits all situations. Ultimately, mixed-status families must simply prepare for the worst and hope for the best. In the event that the unthinkable does occur, families should have a set plan in place with specific instructions for their children, such as where to go and what to do in the event of a sudden deportation. Similarly, a family should save some money in a safe place for their children, such as with a trusted relative or friend, should parents be deported. They also should make long-term arrangements, if possible, for custody of their children should it become necessary, at least on a temporary basis. Although legal representation is crucial for immigrants facing deportation, it is not always easy to obtain. Nonetheless, we are dedicated to providing you with the essential legal representation that you need in this type of situation. We devote all of our efforts to advocating on behalf of you and your family before the immigration court. Don’t hesitate to contact the Bay Area immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., and set up your legal consultation today. We are here to help.

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