Mass deportations may be coming soon. A recently leaked memo from the Department of Homeland Security revealed that the government has already secured 33,000 new detention beds for undocumented immigrants, begun talks to deputize local police, and is planning to expedite the hiring of new Border Patrol officers. Already, arrests of immigrants with no criminal records have more than doubled.
That’s why Appleseed is racing the clock to help vulnerable immigrant and refugee families prepare for the worst. With advanced planning, immigrant families can keep deportation from destroying decades of hard-earned assets.
For months Appleseed has been working with major law firms around the country to update its popular “deportation manual” that helps immigrant families and those who work with them prepare for the worst. The demand is so great that we’re posting chapters online when they’re done.
Last month I discussed the manual’s updated guidance to help parents secure their children’s well-being in the face of deportation. This week I want to highlight other chapters that will help immigrant families deal with critical financial management issues, including:
- Managing, Accessing and Closing a Bank Account
- Credit Cards & Prepaid and Debit Cards
- Managing Outstanding Short-Term Service Contracts and Related Bills
- Payday and Other Short-Term Loans
- Dealing with Insurance
- Taking Money Across the Border
- Protecting Remittance payments back home
- Collecting Unpaid Wages
- Eligibility for Social Security benefits
Because of overwhelming demand, we’re publishing these chapters on a special webpage as they are ready. We’ll publish a full edition later this spring. We’re also preparing short documents with non-technical guidance for immigrants and their families. And everything will be translated into Spanish. You can sign up here to receive updates on these chapters as they are published.
We are extremely grateful to a group of extraordinarily dedicated pro bono attorneys at the law firms Ballard Spahr, Cooley, Hogan Lovells,Norton Rose Fulbright, and White & Case for their hard work helping to update these chapters. And thank you to our many readers who are doing so much to help vulnerable immigrants and refugees. Your work is making a huge difference in a hard time.
This is our mission, too. Indeed, for Appleseed, this is just our latest recent initiative to secure justice and opportunity for refugees and other immigrants. We worked with Ballard Spahr to organize trainings on custody issues for Mexican consulate staff. This winter we released a new practice guide to encourage more attorneys to do pro bono work to help immigrants navigate the complicated U.S. immigration court system. We submitted information to the Department of Homeland Security on immigrants affected by the recent travel ban.
If you want to help give the most vulnerable among us a chance to build a better life, please make a tax-deductible contribution today to the Appleseed Network or one of our 17 amazing Centers. And you can sign up here to receive updates on these chapters as they are published.