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More immigrant families considering guardians for children

Some Georgia families might be concerned about how their children will be affected if their undocumented parents are deported from the country. With a crackdown on immigration happening under the Trump administration, some families are taking steps to ensure that they have appointed relatives or other loved ones as guardians of their children in the event that they are deported.

According to Rutgers Law School's immigration clinic, requests skyrocketed after the election. Children who were born in the country are eligible to remain in the United States, and in those cases, some parents may be preparing for a long separation. However, other parents consider the arrangements they are making temporary.

For example, one woman who came to the country from Guatemala 20 years ago says she wants her daughter to remain in the United States if she is sent back because of the opportunities available to her. She said she is also concerned about gangs. She has arranged for her sister-in-law to care for her 12-year-old if necessary. The woman also has an adult daughter, but that daughter works two jobs and goes to college, so it would be difficult for her to take over care of the child. The sister-in-law says her biggest concern is how she would provide emotional support to the child.

These are all considerations that parents should keep in mind when they consider who they might choose as a guardian for their child in the event of their death. Similarly, families in which a parent is no longer able to care for the child may want to take factors like this into account as well. While several family members might want custody, if families think in terms of the best interests of the child, as a judge would do, they may reach a conclusion about who is the most capable of offering the environment the child needs.

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