Are you a foreign national who has been deported from the United States and separated from your children at the U.S. border under the Trump administration? If your answer is “yes,” then we have some really bad news for you. A detailed and comprehensive report by TIME has shown that deported parents may lose their children to adoption. And the worst part is that they do not even have to consent to it, nor are they being notified about it.
“In other words, if you have been deported from the U.S. and your children remain in the U.S., do not be surprised if the next time you cross the U.S. border, if ever, your children will have been adopted by some other parents,” says our Salt Lake City deportation defense attorney from Familia America.
Trump’s zero-tolerance crackdown leaves hundreds of migrant children in detention
This is the reality faced by thousands of parents who have been deported as part of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” crackdown this past summer. Some of the hundreds of migrant infants, children, and teenagers, who still remain in detention after the nationwide crackdown could be adopted by American families without notifying their biological parents.
Although the “zero-tolerance” crackdown came to a halt in June 2018, hundreds of children remain in detention, shelters or foster care after they have been separated from their parents when attempting to cross the U.S. border.
How deported parents lose their children to adoption
An estimated more than 200 children who have been detained as part of this summer’s outrageous crackdown are not eligible for reunification or release, according to federal officials. Delays in reunification or release of children separated from their parents are one thing, but allowing American parents to adopt these migrant children in detention, shelters, and foster care is another thing.
Associated Press was first to point at the holes in the immigration system after analyzing countless documents, immigration records, and interviews. What AP found was that state court judges are allowed to grant custody of these children to American families without seeking consent from their biological parents or even notifying them about the adoption.
Are these adoptions even legal?
With the family separations in the U.S., things have gotten even muddier and have laid the groundwork for more deported parents losing their children to adoption. Hundreds of deported migrants have no idea what is happening to their children who remain in the United States.
And while federal officials agree that in most situations, giving up migrant children for adoption without notifying their biological parents, who have been deported, is against the law, a deported parent will require the legal help of an experienced deportation defense attorney in Salt Lake City or elsewhere in Utah to get their children back.
How to know if your child has been adopted after your deportation?
According to the Associated Press, it is possible to track children of deported parents who remain in detention, shelters, or foster care. By providing a child’s name and birthdate to the specific district, probate or circuit court involved, it may be possible to find out whether or not the child has been given up for adoption.
Are you a parent who has been deported thousands of miles away from your child, who remains in the U.S.? Do you want to find out what is going on with your child and determine your best legal strategy to reunite with your children? Get a free consultation from our Salt Lake City deportation defense attorney from Familia America. Call at 801-656-9605 today.