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.