There is no denial that deportations negatively impact the families of those getting deported, but how bad of an impact that is? As fear and uncertainty are continuing to rise among legal and illegal immigrants in the U.S. due to a string of laws and proposals by the Donald Trump administration, a new report by Kaiser Family Foundation has examined the family consequences of deportations in the U.S.
We asked our Salt Lake City deportation defense attorney at Familia America to review the findings of the study. To make the report, the foundation interviewed 20 families whose family member had recently been deported or detained by immigration services. The report focuses on the direct impact of deportation on families of those deported.
Devastating financial struggles. Oftentimes, immigration services deport those who put food on the table in their families because they are more likely to get caught by immigration services (due to being forced to take more risks and inability to remain under the radar all the time). That means when a provider is deported, his or her spouse and their children are left struggling to pay their bills. Typically, the spouse of a deportee has to work two shifts and increase work hours in order to fill in the loss of income suffered as a result of the deportation. Children tend to suffer the most in such situations, as they are left with little to no food and childcare. This brings us to…
Lack of parenting and emotional issues in children. When a parent gets deported, his or her children’s routines and relationships are immediately thrown out of the window. If the child is old enough, he or she is often being forced by the other parent to get a job to fill in the lost income. Also, it is not rare for children to become emotionally unstable or develop negative behavioral changes due to their parent being deported and the other parent having to increase work hours to provide for the family.
Depression and stress. A deportee is not the only one who suffers from depression and is under a great amount of stress, as his or her family is left with emotional trauma and some even develop suicidal thoughts. As a result of anxiety, depression, and stress, some family members may even develop health problems in addition to eating and sleeping disorders.
Mental health issues in children. While we have briefly touched upon the topic of mental and emotional issues in children, our experienced deportation defense attorney in Salt Lake City adds that these issues often have a long-term negative impact on the children’s health.
Fear and uncertainty. The most obvious consequence of an immigrant’s deportation is his or her family left feeling hopeless and with no ability to see a bright future anymore. Fear and uncertainty for the future are very common among family members of those who have been deported or detained by immigration agents. For many of those people, the mere thought of having to return to their country of origin causes tremendous fear, which makes it no longer possible to pursue their happiness and dreams in the U.S.
If your loved one has been deported or detained by immigration services, do not go through it alone. There are legal options to fix this. Get a consultation by calling our Salt Lake City deportation defense attorney at Familia America. Call at 801-656-9605.