Splitting Up Families

Splitting Up Families

Separating children from their parents at the border is not new for the Trump Administration. It began at least as early as mid-2017. Immigrant parents were already struggling to find out where their children were taken. With an aggressive new policy to separate all parents from their children it seems unlikely to end well for anyone. Part of the problem may be that the parent is kept in the immigration system, but the children go into another system. Children taken from parents become “unaccompanied” and go into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Then they are treated as separate cases. The parent has one case and the children have another. It may result in a separate case for each family member…including one case for each child. Once separated, the children lose any chance to have legal representation appointed to help them. Without their parents they have no one to speak up for them. This is happening to children of all ages, even babies. Government spokespeople say the different agencies work together to reunite the families. In the meantime, parents can go months without knowing where their children are. They can be deported without knowing where their children are. If they return to the U.S. to look for them, and get caught, they often end up in jail, and then are deported again. Even parents who ask to be allowed to return to their home countries, without deportation, have their children taken. Immigrant advocates are suing to end forced separation, and public pressure is mounting to end this preventable trauma for both parents and children. This may force the government’s hand to find a way to keep families together. If you are entering the US and facing separation, please contact immigration lawyers who know how to help you through this horribly stressful process. At Landerholm Immigration, APC our immigration attorneys are dedicated to fighting tough fights. Please call us at (510) 756-4468 to see how we can help you.
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