FAQs about reunited immigrant families, immigration law and children
What happens to reunited immigrant families? We continue our focus on the current status of U.S. immigration policy concerning separated migrant families. You can read Part 1 of this series here: https://www.immigrationinformation.org/2018/07/27/faqs-about-migrant-families-u-s-immigration-law-and-children/
Are reunited immigrant families subject to immediate deportation?
No. At the moment, families are not subject to immediate deportation following reunification. On Monday, July 16, federal district court judge Dana Sabraw temporarily blocked the government from deporting any reunified families. Some migrants have claimedthat government officials asked them to agree to deportation, in exchange for being reunited with their children. The new court ruling bars this practice. If possible, migrant parents should speak with an attorney before signing any document regarding reunification with their child.
What happens after immigrant families are reunited?
Most reunited immigrant families should remain in the U.S. to await their immigration court hearing. According to the website PolitiFact, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have attached GPS ankle monitors to some migrant parents, to track their whereabouts until their hearing, instead of placing them in physical custody. The government has also proposed letting parents choose between staying with the children in long-term ICE detention or allowing Health and Human Services to hold their children while awaiting legal proceedings. A federal court is currently considering the legality of this plan.
Do reunited immigrant families still have the right to pursue an asylum claim?
Some might, some might not: The answer depends on multiple factors.
Parents should be aware, however, that their children may have the right to pursue asylum on their own grounds, even if the parents themselves are facing deportation. Families should speak to legal counsel as soon as possible to determine their rights and those of their children.
The experienced immigration attorneys at Zanes Law are eager to help immigrant families protect their status and right to stay in the United States. If you are in need of immigration help, please contact us or call us at 844-666-8181 for a private consultation today.
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