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I.C.O.D.:

In Case of Deportation.

An Actionable Deportation Guide and Informational Site For Children Ages 8-18.

 
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What's Up With Deportation?  

In some situations, people living in other places feel they need to leave their country and move somewhere else. Sometimes they feel unsafe in their country, or they don't feel like they are getting enough opportunities, or maybe they just have personal reasons that make them want to move. The issue is, the US is pretty strict about letting people move here - it costs a lot of money, and there is a lot of paperwork and waiting and rules involved, so not everyone can get permission to enter the United States. So, some people come to the U.S. without getting  formal permission first (or they got permission to be in the U.S. temporarily but then do not leave).  They are what we call undocumented immigrants or "illegal" immigrants.

The new President, Donald Trump, has begun deporting as many undocumented immigrants as he can find - and there are a lot. Your neighbors, friends, maybe the parents of your friends, maybe your own parents: who knows how many are undocumented immigrants, terrified and hiding, trying to avoid being forced to leave the U.S. In some families, the parents are too afraid to tell their own children that they are illegal immigrants because they don't want to worry them.  

To learn more about deportation, and the causes of deportation, click the button below. 

 

4.1+

Million U.S. Citizens Children

Under the age of 18 living with at least one undocumented parent (2013 Census Data). 

 

12.5+

million undocumented people In US

At threat of deportation. However this is a mere estimate, it is expected to be significantly more than 12.5 million (Federation For American Immigration Reform). 

 
 

173%

Increase of non-criminal undocumented arrests 

Made since Trump's presidency. Meaning, all undocumented individuals are at risk-regardless of criminal activities (CNN). 

 
 
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What Really is Deportation And How Can It Affect Me? 

Sometimes, if a parent or guardian is deported, the kids may have to move with them to another country, or stay in the U.S. but live with a different family. Even if your parents/guardians/loved ones are too afraid to start the conversation, if they are deported it affects you as their child as well, so it is important to start the conversation with them if they don't initiate it.

In fact, little do they know that there is actually stuff that we can do, as kids, that can help our parents/guardians/loved ones prepare for an emergency deportation-and that starts with doing  research on this website. Here you can learn about deportation, how to prepare in the case of an emergency where your parents are deported, what are the laws/paperwork involved in deportation/preparing for deportation, and more.

 

For more information on what deportation truly is, click the link below.

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How Can I  Prepare In Case of an Emergency?  

In some situations, your parent/guardian may be detained and arrested awaiting deportation without even saying goodbye or having just a few minutes to prepare you. Before this abrupt detainment happens, its important that you and your family are prepared in case of emergency deportation. 

However, the road to preparedness first starts by having a conversation with your family to try to understand your family's unique situation a bit better. Every family is different, meaning that every approach to deal with potential deportation needs to be a bit different as well. 

  

Of course, this is a really hard conversation to have, but we promise you, it's important to talk to them now so you're prepared in the case of emergency. For more information on what you should talk about while having this conversation, click the button below. 

 

When speaking to your family about deportation, it's important that you fill out the paperwork and figure out the logistics of what will happen if/when someone is deported. Luckily enough, there are a bunch of resources that provide this exact information with simple blank spots where you fill in your information, all of which can be found at the link below. 


What Are My Options? 

 

most US-BORN KIDS WHOSE PARENTS OR GUARDIANS ARE UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS have two main options IN CASE OF DEPORTATION:

you can stay with a Different CARETAKER in the U.S. or Move to a different country once YOUR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS are deported. 

 

Staying in The Country with another guardian following deportation 

While living without the parents/guardian that you've grown up with is incredibly difficult, for some people it may be the best choice in the long term.  Your parents/guardian came to the U.S. looking for a better life and more opportunities. If your parents are being deported to a less well-developed country, with fewer resources and a weaker education system, or possibly a country where there is a higher crime rate, restricted rights, maybe even wars or other major problems, it may be good to consider if you have any close friends or family that you would be comfortable living with in the U.S. if your parents are deported.  Perhaps they could be appointed to become your legal guardians if your parents are deported, a big role that needs to be discussed with your parents/current guardians, along with these potential new guardians. For more information on how exactly you can switch guardians and stay in the U.S. as your parents are deported, click the white button below. 

moving to a different country with your parent/guardian once they are deported

Sometimes finding a guardian that you will be able to live with if your parents/current guardians are deported is hard, and if you really don't feel comfortable with anyone else or just cannot stand the thought of being separated from your family, then speak with your parents/current guardians about coming with them in the case of deportation. However, as there was probably a very good reason that your parents/current guardian came here in the first place, don't be surprised if your parents/current guardian try to convince you to stay here without them and try to understand they are saying these things because they love you and want what they think is best for you, not because they don't want you.  Try to respect that, or speak to them about why you believe that staying together as a family is what's best for each of you.  It will be easier relocating if you've grown up speaking the language and knowing the culture of the country your parents/guardians are being deported to, but even if it is all new to you, you can take steps to prepare for relocation.  For more information on what to do if you hope to move with your parents, click the white button below. 

 

 

 

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Other Resources

There are plenty of other resources that can help in preparing for, and undergoing, guardianship deportation. Below are links to a few external resources that may help certain particular situations. 

 

Online Detainee Locator System

Locate currently detained immigrants using the below link. Use the "biographical information" blanks and fill in first and last name and country of birth. 

 

Contact Local Legal Services

While it is better for each family to have a lawyer prepared in the case of deportation, that is not always possible. However, online legal advice is easily obtainable through links such as the one below.

Guardian Ship Forms

While forms that are used to change guardians vary by state, there is some overlap and it is easy to see which particular guardianship application can be used in your state.