February 9, 2018 – Massachusetts’s Attorney General Maura Healey released an Emergency Planning Guide for Parents with Uncertain Immigration Status yesterday to help parents figure out what to do with their children if they were to be detained or deported by Federal Immigration Authorities, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Guide is also available in Español, Português, and Kreyòl Ayisyen.
It provides information on how to appoint care givers and guardians, gives a table summarizing various care and custody options, explains how access to public benefits such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, and provides other resources to consult.
This guide follows several advisories from Attorney General Healey’s office regarding the obligations of schools, colleges, and other educational institutions, as well as hospitals and healthcare providers in this time of great uncertainty.
Given the constantly changing landscape and misinformation out there about immigration policies and actions, it is understandable that many people are stressed and unsure of where to turn. If you wish to speak with an immigration or family attorney to make plans, or even just to ask questions, contact the Boston Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at 617-742-0625, or fill out our online form here, o aquí para español. 100% of your information is kept private and confidential. The Boston Bar Association is not run by the government, and we are happy to help you find a qualified and experienced attorney in as little as 5 minutes.