Feb 8 – Mixed-Status Families Facing the Criminal Justice System: Immigration & Deportation.

When: Wednesday, February 8th @ 11:30-1:00pmAt the Immokalee Career Source. 750 S 5th St. Immokalee, FL 34145.

Where: CareerSource 750 S 5th St. Immokalee, FL 34145.

Topic: “Mixed-Status Families Facing the Criminal Justice System: Immigration & Deportation.”


  • Attorney Eloise Ayala (Immigration Law) Legal Aid
  • Attorney Sal Bazaz (Criminal and Family Law)

According to the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Projects: A Nation of Immigrants (2013), Families with mixed Immigration Status are comprised of an unauthorized parent (s), sometimes an unauthorized sibling, and a U.S. born citizen child. Parents can be immigrants from Latino-America, Mexico, Central America, The Caribbean and other parts of the world.

In 2010, there were 4.5 million U.S born children with mixed-status families.
Their protective factors for these families are two-parent households, high educational expectations, strong family relations and bilingual communication. Their risk factors, on the other hand, are social exclusion, many of the resources and social networks available to the larger society are denied to this group. Social Support for childcare, economic assistance and job search among their social network is less likely to be available for these families. Contrary to general opinion unauthorized parents are unable to claim social security income, unemployment benefits or welfare.

Informational packages for families, immigrants facing criminal charges and or immigration deportation will be available via Angela Cisneros, a former member of the Collier Neighborhood Project Stories and paralegal.

Rev Tony Fischer and his congregation from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples will be providing with light lunch during this meeting.

Due to the relevance of the topic and expertise of our speakers, we will welcome families from our community. Feel free to invite them. The meeting is in English.

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