Many parents in our community face the normal, daily challenges of being immigrants raising children in the United States. Cultural and linguistic barriers can be difficult to navigate. Dealing with family reunification is never easy. But recently, an intense national conversation about immigration and immigrants has added a brand new layer of stress and fear to these parents’ ongoing work to raise their children and keep them safe.
While Immigration law in the United States has not changed; what has changed is the enforcement of immigration law. Under the previous administration, convicted felons were a priority for deportation. Now, under the current administration, all undocumented immigrants are a priority. After a series of community events, SCAN recently developed some helpful guidelines for parents (see below) as well as recorded a new Parenting Today segment on the topic with special guest Erin McKenney, Executive Director of Just Neighbors.
We hope you’ll share these timely resources with parents in your own communities, and continue to encourage at-risk families to build connections and ask for help:
Listen to the PARENTING TODAY RADIO SHOW ON IMMIGRANT RIGHTS FOR FAMILIES (mp3)
Download the “IMMIGRANT RIGHTS: TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY” in English
Download the “DERECHOS DEL INMIGRANTE: CONSEJOS PARA PADRES” in Spanish
We have more resources for immigrant families on our Parent Resource Center (and FREE app!) including: