Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has increased its efforts since
the Trump Administration began, especially in regards to locating undocumented
immigrants and deporting them. While ICE has promised to focus its raids
on undocumented immigrants with criminal backgrounds, this has not proven
entirely true. It appears that anyone who is found without proper documentation
or immigrant status is at risk of removal. If you are worried that you could be
deported due to ICE agents, then you need to start thinking about what could also
happen to your family and children.
Your Best Tool is a Well-Made Plan
Detainment or deportation can come quite unexpectedly. Some counties and
cities have instructed local-level police officers to carry out ICE agent
duties, meaning a local sheriff or officer you once knew and trusted could
detain you. Create a plan about what your family should do as soon as
possible to remove as much guesswork from the situation as possible.
Here is a quick list of tips to recall when making a plan for your family
in case you get detained:
- Write down a list of important phone numbers, such as emergency contacts,
your immigration attorney, and so on. It is always helpful to have a written,
physical list, and not always rely on digital information on smartphones
and in emails.
- Create additional copies of all crucial legal documents for all family
members, such as passports and birth certificates. Store them in a safe
place your family can access easily.
- Consider assigning a close, trusted friend to be the standby guardian of
your children. In case you get detained or deported, your standby guardian
will get legal guardianship for up to one year; it also expires if you
are allowed to return to your family. Standby guardianship can also be
assigned with an attorney’s help and does not need court approval,
it only needs the approval of the guardian and all current parents.
Closer Look at Standby Guardianship
Taking care of your little ones after you are detained or deported needs
to be a top priority. With this said, it is worth looking at the details
of standby guardianship.
The standby guardian of your choice will essentially receive parental rights
once you are detained. This means he or she can and is expected to provide
your children with food, shelter, clothing, and a reasonably safe living
environment. A standby guardian also has to see to it that your children
attend school as planned and that they get any necessary medical attention.
Depending on how long you believe guardianship will last, your standby
guardian can also be instructed to handle matters pertaining to medical
insurance, Social Security benefits or payments, food stamps, and so on.
If you have additional questions about preparing for a scenario in which
you are detained and deported but your family is permitted to stay within
the United States, please do not hesitate to
contact Ashley Foret Dees, LLC. Our Lake Charles immigration attorney has personally
managed thousands of
immigration cases to success. The top priority when handling your case will be protecting
the rights and best interests of yourself and your family, no matter what
ICE or the USCIS attempts.
Call 337.214.0670 for more information.