Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: Deportation of Parents Hurts Children

Children of undocumented immigrants often face the fear of being separated from their parents who may be facing deportation. According to American Progress, over 400,000 people are deported nationally each year. Moreover, 100,000 children are affected by deportations yearly. When both parents are deported, the effect on a child can be catastrophic. The child effectively becomes an orphan unless the deportation can be overturned. Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin know that parental deportations are hurting American kids. We fight to keep parents and their children together.

The Consequences of Deportation

While much of the political discussion on immigration focuses on the parent, our Philadelphia immigration law firm knows that the damage to children is the silent story that rarely gets told. Children who are separated from a parent endure severe emotional and psychological harm. They also suffer financially because parents are usually the sole means of support for a child.

Some parents who face deportation give the child to another person or an agency. A power of attorney over the child is one remedy. If there is time, a guardian for the child may be appointed. Often, a child is placed in a foster home if both parents are deported. In some extreme cases, the child is adopted which forces the parent who was deported to fight for custody of his/her own child if the parent can arrange to return to America.

The consequences of deportation impact more than the child and parent. The cost of foster care, according to 2011 national statistics, is close to $26,000 each year. Children without parents are often uneducated and unable to contribute to the national economy. Children of deported parents lose sight of their heritage and culture.

Possible Solutions

The Executive Order signed by President Obama expanding the rights of immigrants has been held up by the courts. At best, it is only viable while President Obama remains President.

Children born in the United States become American citizens by virtue of where they were born. But parents of citizen children do not get any benefit when it comes to deportation hearings. One solution is to give parents of citizen children positive consideration in detention, release and transfer cases. Deported parents should still be allowed to communicate with their children.

Special consideration could also be extended to Mexican families. National statistics for 2010 show that 73% of foreigners forcibly removed were Mexican, and that half of the seven million children living in the United States with a Mexican parent have a parent who is not a citizen.

Philadelphia Immigration and Citizenship Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. help Parents get Approval for US Citizenship

Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. know how traumatic losing a parent through a deportation can be for any child. We help parents get approval for US citizenship. When deportation is inevitable, our Philadelphia immigration attorneys work to protect the children. Call our offices today for a consultation regarding immigration law at 215-925-4434 or complete our online form. We treat all our clients with the compassion they deserve.