Immigration officials are becoming more active and are detaining more people day after day. We now know that immigration raids are on the rise, but what can we do? We must be cautious, prepare and work to prevent deportations with a power of attorney.
The Importance of a Power of Attorney
If you or a family member is undocumented, you should prepare a power of attorney. A power of attorney authorizes someone that you trust to take care of your affairs on your behalf. This person can conduct business on your behalf and take care of the welfare of your children in your absence.
How to Prepare a Power of Attorney
To prepare your power of attorney, you must choose a relative or friend who you trust to make decisions in your absence.
The next step is to consult with an attorney that will prepare the proper paperwork. At our law firm, Michael Brooks-Jimenez PC, we offer the convenience of keeping notarized copies on file for you in case you do not have access to your own copies.
How You Can Prepare or Prevent Deportation
1. Create an "Important Documents" File
It's important that you organize paperwork to prove your stay in the U.S. In many cases, it is preferable to bring proof that shows you have been in the U.S. for 10 years or more.
We suggest that you gather documents for evidence, such as check stubs, rent/mortgage payments, tuition, and your children's birth certificates.
In the event that you are detained by immigration, a file like this one is necessary when requesting your release.
2. Renew Your Consulate ID Card and Passport
In addition to obtaining a power of attorney, it is important that you renew your passport or consulate ID card as soon as possible.
To do this, you will need to make an appointment at your nearest consulate. By having your consulate card or passport on hand, you may be able to prevent deportation and instead opt for a "voluntary departure."
By doing so, you will have the brief opportunity to talk to your family, and make preparations.
3. Pay Fines, Violations and Tickets
It's more important than ever to pay fines and tickets. Doing so will prevent a judge from issuing a warrant for your arrest, and avoid a police visit to your house.
Although we all want to hope for the best, we must be prepared for the worst.