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Repatriation guide

Repatriation guide

A resource for individuals and families in the process of repatriation

Repatriation is the process in which someone who has been living abroad, in the United States in this particular case, returns to his/her country of origin.

In the United States, and due to constant government changes regarding immigration law enforcement strategies, there are several programs that increase the risk of forced repatriation through either expedited removal or as a result of an immigration judge’s decision, commonly known as deportation.

Programs such as “Secure Communities,” 287g agreements between local police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as employers’ audits have significantly increased the number of people and families forced into a repatriation process.

Also, there is an anti-immigrant environment forcing individuals and families to decide on their own to repatriate, given that their living conditions have become intolerable and the challenges to survive are numerous and difficult to overcome. 

Any of these kinds of repatriation come from circumstances in which one or several members of a family lack a legal immigration status allowing them to live, study and/or work freely in the United States.

There are several important things you should know; if possible, you should plan ahead if you or your family is in repatriation process or at risk of being in repatriation.

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