Those At Greatest Risk of Deportation Should Have a Family Preparedness Plan
Who in our communities is now most at risk?
- People most at risk are people in detention or jail, people who had contact with the criminal justice system and people with a final order of removal.
- At particular risk are people who now have stays of deportation or orders of supervision that will expire. Those people may be re-arrested and detained at the time they appear for their supervision check-in or renew a request for prosecutorial discretion.
Every family should have a Family Preparedness Plan.
- While it is our hope that you never have to use your plan, it is a good practice to have one in place to help reduce the stress of the unexpected.
Make a Child Care Plan
- Have a plan so that a trusted adult can care for your child if you cannot.
- This plan should include emergency numbers, a list of important contact information and a file with important documents.
- If you plan for your children to remain in the United States with another caretaker if you are detained or deported, decide whether to prepare a formal or informal child care plan.
Know Your Rights
- Everyone – both documented and undocumented persons – have rights in this country.
- Make sure you, your family members (even children), housemates, neighbors, and co-workers, regardless of their immigration status, know of their right to remain silent and all of their other rights if ICE or the police come to your home, neighborhood or workplace.
- A list of these rights can be found here. Memorize our office number (559) 558-5118 should you ever be detained.
Decide Who Can Care for Your Children if You (and Your Spouse) Are Unable To
- Ideally, the person you designate to care for your children is a U.S. citizen or someone with immigration status who does not also face the threat of detention or deportation.
- Make sure that person knows they will be listed as an emergency contact and knows how to access all of your important documents and information.
Write Down Instructions if Your Child Has Any Medical Conditions and /or Takes Any Medications
- Make sure to write down any medical conditions or allergies your child has, any medications that your child takes, as well as doctor and health insurance information.
- Give a copy to your child’s school and the adult you designate to care for your children.
- Let your child know where to find this information if you are not around.
Warning! Protect Yourself from Fraud!
- Only a licensed attorney or accredited representative is authorized and qualified to assist you with your immigration case. Do not hire anyone who:
- Refuses to give you a written contract
- Charges you for blank immigration forms
- Promises you a good result because of their special contacts at Immigration
- Pretends to be a qualified lawyer or bonded immigration consultant
- Asks you to lie on a form or sign a blank document
- If you suspect fraud, report it to your consulate or the police, or contact the Federal Trade Commission to file a complaint in English or Spanish at 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357).
If you would like more information, please contact our office at (559) 558-5118 for a consultation with attorney Camille.