Today we want to bring the focus back to how families are affected by the continued issues being created around immigration in this country. The last few years have been horrific for so many people, but perhaps no group has been more affected than children.
We all saw children being separated from their families at the US/Mexico border, a policy that had to be stopped by the courts. Then we became aware of massive “camps” where unaccompanied minors were sent to even if they had family members in the US who could care for them.
Now we want to take about the children of undocumented immigrants. At Familia America, we know that this is a difficult time for any immigrant right now and we want to help. When you need a Salt Lake City family immigration attorney, you can turn to us for help.
What We Know
The American Immigration Council tells us that “more than eight million citizens live with at least one family member, often a parent, who is undocumented.” They say that six million citizens are children under the age of 18. Because of this, immigration enforcement actions have significant long-term effects on them. If a parent is deported, the results on the children can be:
The Council also points out that many of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders from countries experiencing significant hardships have children who are US citizens. The current administration has made efforts to end most people’s TPS status and send people back to the countries, a place most of these children have never been.
We know from a study done from 2013-2015 that the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder is higher amongst Latino children who had at least one parent detained or deported.
The long-term consequences of our current immigration policies will be felt by the children first, but they will also be felt by society as a whole. These children are US citizens, so who do you think will be required to support them if the main family income earner is deported? The responsibility will fall on US taxpayers. It is ironic that the main justification for strict immigration enforcement is to help the economy when it will undoubtedly hurt it in the long run.
What We Can Do
If you or a loved one are struggling with any of the following issues, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible:
At Familia America, our qualified and experienced team is ready to be your advocate. This is what we do and we understand the laws. We keep up with the changes so we can be ready to face whatever challenges come our way. We will take your case and work to ensure that you and your family have a brighter future. When you need a Salt Lake City family immigration attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 801-656-9605 for a consultation.