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White House considering new strategies for illegal immigration

A proposed measure to separate parents from their children is being considered, although the Trump administration has not publicly disclosed the plans. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ramping up efforts to curb illegal immigration after a recent spike. The DHS has approval new measures, but haven’t confirmed what the measure are and when they will be implemented.


A separation tactic

In the proposed method, the DHS would target parents for deportation when they went to collect their children from a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shelter. If the parents were illegal immigrants, they would be taken into federal custody and their children would remain in HHS shelters.

Currently, the DHS has two family detention centers in Texas. However, when minor children arrive without a parent, DHS turns the children over to HSS within 72 hours of their arrival. The children go to HHS shelter which is meant to have an atmosphere more akin to a boarding school as opposed to a detention center. Texas has over 30 shelters that can accommodate nearly 5,300 children.

Children arriving without parents or guardians may qualify for humanitarian relief. They may be eligible for asylum if they were forcibly displaced from their home country. The rise in children arriving from Central America as crimes in Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala persist is not a coincidence.

Understanding your rights

The increase in immigration enforcement, coupled with the possibility of stricter methods, again highlights the need for immigrants to understand their rights. Adults facing deportation still have rights. You have the right to an attorney. You have the right to a court hearing. When your future, and the future of your children, is at stake, having an advocate by your side can make the process less complicated. Working with an experienced immigration attorney does not guarantee success, but it can make the process easier and you will have a strong advocate.

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