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Children of immigrant families and deportation fears

Deportation-related fears can run strong among many members of an immigrant family. This includes the children of such families, even if the children themselves are U.S. citizens. Undocumented kids and other non-citizen children might worry that they and their family could be deported. Children who are U.S. citizens but who have undocumented parents or other undocumented relatives may worry that a family member might get deported.

An artist recently put out a book aimed at helping children cope with and discuss deportation-related fears they have. The book is a comic and activity book. It is called "Rosita Gets Scared." The book is a fictional story focused on an undocumented immigrant girl. The story goes over the fears the girl has related to deportation and what she does to deal with them.

One wonders if we will see more of such non-traditional resources for helping kids cope with deportation-related fears in the future. What do you think are the most effective ways of helping kids cope with immigrations-related fears, such as those connected to deportation?

This discussion underscores that immigration matters, including deportation matters, can have major ramifications for a whole family. So, when a person is facing serious immigration proceedings, such as those related to deportation, they may not only have major concerns for their own future and well-being. They may also be very concerned about the future and well-being of the other members of their family, such as their children. Immigration attorneys can advise individuals facing deportation or other major immigration matters on what steps they can take to address their situation and the concerns they have, including those related to their family.

Source: Newsy, “A Comic Book Helps Immigrant Kids Talk About Fears Of Deportation,” Ben Schamisso, Aug. 21, 2017

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