If you are an immigrant in the United States, you may not have a visa, green card or valid permit which allow you to stay in the country for a long period of time. This can mean that you do not feel safe from being deported, and you may even worry about leaving the house or going to work in case you are found to be undocumented and forced to leave the country.
These worries can have a huge impact on your mental well-being. Living in fear of deportation can lead to chronic stress, which can lead to health issues and addiction. If you have children, it is important that you try to protect them from concerns about the possibility of deportation, since this can affect their emotional and physical development. The following is an overview of the most common worries that immigrants to the U.S. have, and how they can be solved.
Worries about being deported
Studies show that Latino non-citizens, both documented and undocumented, have a high level of fear regarding being deported. There is a feeling of instability and worry that their life in the U.S. is not going to be forever.
Worries about a family member being deported
In the U.S., almost 9 million U.S. citizens have at least one family member who is undocumented, and most of these U.S. citizens are Latino children. These people often struggle with chronic worry and stress regarding the possibility of their loved one being suddenly removed from the country.
Worried about being mistaken as a deportable
More than 90% of deportations are of Latin American non-citizens. Therefore, Latinos often have a fear that they will be mistaken as a deportable, even if they are a U.S. citizen. Unfortunately, this can be a legitimate fear: Between 2007 and 2015, more than 1500 U.S. citizens were unlawfully detained and suspected of being a deportable.
If you are worried about deportation, it is important that you protect yourself under the law. By understanding how the law affects you, you can help to relieve your stress and worry.