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insurance), financial papers
(such as stocks, bonds, or
insurance), or an item of
personal significance.
If you can, take necessities
(such as clothes and children's
toys).
If you can, take prescriptions,
medications or necessary
health care items for you and
your children.
Remember that it may be
awhile before it is safe for you
to return to your home
My partner is an immigrant.
If the police arrest him will
they report him to
immigration officials?
Possibly. In general, local police
do not arrest people for breaking
immigration laws. However, if
they arrest someone for a family
violence crime and then discover
that the person is an immigrant,
the police may call immigration
officials.
It is unlikely that immigration
officials would come to arrest or
detain your partner unless he
was deported in the past or is
charged with a very serious
crime.
If you or your partner have any
questions it is very important to
consult with an attorney who is
extremely knowledgeable about
immigration and criminal law.
“I like the shelter a lot because we play
in the basement. We live good because
it’s not a dangerous place.”
I am an immigrant. Will the
police report me to
immigration officials if I call
them for help?
It is very unlikely that police will
report you to immigration
officials if you are the victim of a
family violence crime.
In fact, some crime victims who
help the police may be able to
apply for a type of immigration
visa called a “U-Visa.” If you
have questions about your
situation, it is very important to
consult with an attorney who is
extremely knowledgeable about
immigration and criminal law.