• Mackenzie Dekle

Immigrants separated from children in Georgia

In the state of Georgia, when children are disconnected from their immigrant families, they'll be placed in foster care if they don't have any family willing to take them in. Often, families experience a long separation away from their children and have to go through a difficult procedure to get their children back. This separation causes public chaos all around Georgia and other states in the U.S.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a Honduran mother who was deported by the state of Georgia was displaced from her four children over a year ago. Her four children were placed in foster care, and the state refuses to give her kids back.

The Honduran consulate General of Atlanta has pushed back the case due to a case worker misplacing an important document. The case of the Honduran women will go on in October, where a judge will discuss the children's fate. “It’s unbelievable,” said Angelina Maria Williams Guillen, an impatient official who's been working on the case with the Honduran consulate of Atlanta.

The state of Georgia does not have a law that requires an immigrant to be reunited with their children who are U.S. citizens. This means parents could be separated from their children for months or years.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, judges and case workers think it's safer for children who are U.S. citizens with parents who have been deported to remain in foster care or with families in the U.S., instead of being reunited with their parents. They say this for parents who were sent back to Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, or El Salvador. “To us, that is a very large concern,” said F. Javier Diaz, a consulate who is helping the general of Mexico in Atlanta.

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