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Options for immigrant parents facing child custody problems

If you're currently facing an immigration problem that involves detainment, you are definitely not the only one in Texas. As a good parent, you are no doubt especially concerned with how your current situation may negatively impact your children. Others who have gone through similar experiences in the past have overcome serious child custody problems by knowing their rights ahead of time and also where to seek legal support when needed.

As a parent, you know what is best for your children more than anyone. However, if you wind up facing removal, it is a very real possibility that you could lose custody of your children. In fact, there are currently many immigrant advocates throughout the nation calling for reform in a system they say strips immigrant parents of their rights, especially regarding deportation and child custody situations.

Important issues and resources regarding custody and removal

You would logically assume that, if you have no criminal record and have always worked hard to provide for your family and avoid any type of legal trouble, you'd be able to overcome any obstacle that might arise concerning your legal status. You may never have imagined that a few minor traffic violations could land you in a deportation hearing. The following information may be helpful as you seek options to rectify your situation:

  • Data shows many immigrant parents lose custody of their children based solely on issues related to their immigration statuses, not on incidents of child abuse or neglect.
  • The court denies many parents access or communication with their children after immigration officers detain them. Immigrant advocates have called such incidents travesties of justice.
  • There was a reported incident where a father of three, who was unable to renew his driver's license due to a new law requiring a Social Security number to obtain one, was pulled over multiple times on his way to work and wound up being sent to Mexico without an opportunity to say goodbye to his wife or children.
  • Many parents' legal statuses are not in order because they neglected to fulfill the process that would allow them to obtain green cards after marrying U.S. citizens.

It's understandable that, if you are facing possible deportation, you may be extremely worried about your children's future custody and what the court will determine should happen. It may help to talk to others who have gone through similar experiences in the past.

Many Texas immigrants ask attorneys well versed in U.S. immigration law to help them protect their rights as parents and try to overcome their legal status problems.

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