Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been pretty busy the last few months. According to recent news articles, the number of undocumented immigrant arrests has increased by a third in the first few weeks of the Trump administration, and it’s not only criminals who are being deported. According to CNN, ICE removal authorities made 21,362 arrests from January 20 to March 13 this year, including 5,441 non-criminals. If you are living in the United States as an undocumented immigrant right now, the possibility of being detained or deported is very high.
But what if you are a family member of a detainee? There is nothing worse than worrying about the future of a loved one. Not only that, but you may be experiencing economic hardships, especially if that loved one was the breadwinner of the family. And since you are reading this blog right now, chances are you are looking for a way to cope with the situation.
Here are a few ways you can cope when your loved one is being detained by ICE:
- Gather your documents — Make sure you have all the paperwork and information organized for your loved one’s upcoming hearing. Not only will this help his/her case, but by organizing the documents you can alleviate the worry of being unprepared. Paperwork is important in immigration cases so make sure you have everything in order. And we can help!
- Get support — You may not want to be a social butterfly at this time, but don’t shy away from company. You need a support system right now and the best way to do that is by leaning on your friends and family.
- Live your life — It may be hard to go back to work or continue with life as usual, but life does not stop in a time of emergency. Remember to keep working, honor your commitments. This way, if your loved one is released, he/she can go back to life as it was before detention.
- Prepare for the worst — It’s hard to think of the future. It can be frightening and stressful. But you need to prepare yourself for the worst case scenario. This way, if it does happen, you are not caught unprepared.
- Know that you have no control — Again, it’s hard to realize the situation is out of your hands. As much as you can prepare for the case ahead, the decision rests in ICE’s or the court’s hands. As soon as you accept that then you can accept the judgment.
- Stay positive — Your loved one needs you right now and the best thing you can do for him/her is to stay positive. Send encouraging notes. Don’t dwell on the situation. Show him/her your love. You will get through this.
If your loved one is being detained by ICE, you may want to consider getting an immigration bond. If you live in the Houston area, contact the Texas immigration bonds company Freedom Federal Bonding Agency today.