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If you find yourself under the uncertainty of the DACA immigration policy, then this article is for
you to help you get started in your new life ~ or at least to prepare for the possibility of what may
happen. If you find someone you know is facing deportation, you can share this article to help

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#11: Know what to do if ICE comes to your home.
If the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) comes to
your door, know what to do:

  • Protect yourself from a scam or unwarranted visit. Before
    you open the door, ask the representative to slip the
    documentation under the door. ICE needs to have your
    correct name and address along with a judge's signature.

  • Look for the word "Judge" on the paper. If it's not a
    judge, they do not have permission to enter your home. If
    it's not signed by the judge, you should not open the doors
    and you should remember that you have the right to remain

  • Get out your cell phone and record the conversation.
    Explain that you understand its your right to remain silent.
    Record the time, names and details of the incident. Also,
    don't sign any paperwork, don't run, don't mention your birth
    country or how you entered the U.S. a~ just try to stay calm.

  • Call an attorney. Your attorney can help you look at the
    validity of the search warrant to see if its signed by a judge
    or an immigration official. Also, a licensed lawyer can tell
    you what rules apply in your state. For example, some states
    require you to tell your name if a police officer stops you.
    Another thing to discuss with your attorney is the benefits of
    deporting yourself.

#12: Decide to deport yourself.
DACA expires March 5, 2018 and you will begin to accrue unlawful
presence after your DACA expires, which could be on or before the
March ending date. For this reason you must make a plan, which
may include self deporting.

It may seem insensitive when someone says to "go deport
yourself," but it may actually be better for you in the end.
Deferred action is just that ~ your deportation has been deferred.
Though you may hope that it is indefinite, the reality is that
unless congress votes to change the law then you will ultimately
face deportation if you are not documented and are unlawfully
living in the United States without a visa or green card.

If the chances are highly probable that you will be deported, then
you may like to self deport. In so doing, you control your destiny.

Often times people who are deported when ICE comes will have
only the clothes on their backs to bring with them across the
border to their native land. You must face the fact that you might
be deported with only the clothes on your back and if that's the
case, you may as well head back to your native country on you
own accord to the part of the country you feel most comfortable.
This gives you control of your own destiny.

Remember, if you are a DACA kid facing deportation at 18 you are
a legal adult in the United States. You should get help from your
parents now with resources of family and friends in your native
country who might be able to help you. You should also gather
important documents and information:

  • Gather names, addresses and telephone numbers of people
    in the United States and your home country. Be sure to
    memorize some key numbers as you may not have any
    paperwork with you if you are detained.

  • Obtain maps to the applicable cities in your home country,
    so you can get around. You might be used to having a cell
    phone to direct your way, but it may not work in your

  • Be sure you have some identification from your native land,
    such as a birth certificate or marriage certificate to get you
    started in your new life.

#13: Everyone needs to prepare for rioting.
Whatever happens in six months on the DACA decision, rioting is
almost sure to happen because somebody won't be happy ~ the
undocumented will revolt or they will clash with opponents. You'll
need to prepare for that inevitability of
surviving riots and flash
mob encounters:
Above, Michael Janich, Mike Seeklander and others help you survive flash
mob encounters. Get more information at

#14: Face your fears, but always have hope.
Dear DACA kids, Americans have a general list of five reasons you
should stay and five you should go. We have mixed emotions, too.

Your emotions when facing deportation may range from anger and
panic to fear or hopelessness. Whatever happens, always have
hope because
hope is a survival skill. You can always have a
dream whether in the United States or not.

U.S. Senator
Dick Durbin, Democrat from Illinois, introduced the
DREAM Act to Congress in 2001. He proposed conditional
permanent residency, and not citzenship. He proposed they
complete two years toward a four-year degree or complete at
least two years in the military within a five-year period. Only 900
DACA recipients chose the military route.

Good things come to those who prepare ~ and that includes DACA
participants preparing for deportation. Knowing that you have as
much two years to prepare should provide ample to time to figure
out a plan, just in case you can not stay.

Statistics about DACA kids:

Happy endings...
Even if you are an American born native of the United States, you
should at least have empathy for the people who face deportation
and learn about how they might prepare. Having empathy for
dreamers is not the same thing as believing that they have a
right to citizenship because they don't. Citizenship is a privilege.

NOTE: The author of this guide on "how to prepare for
deportation if you are a DACA recipient," has lawful immigrant
parents ~ one chose naturalization, the other maintains a green
card. Both completed necessary paperwork, immunizations,
obtained sponsorship, and waited for their status and entered the
country lawfully.

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What if you were a DACA kid facing deportation? What would you do?
While most preppers will never need to worry about deportation,
it is a concern worth addressing ~ whether you want to end DACA
or save it! Someone you may know could face deportation and you
could be called to help.

We invite you to join the prepper movement as a DACA recipient.
A famous American once said, "In failing to prepare, you are
preparing to fail."

Prepping for DACA
Undocumented immigrants should make a contingency plan, like a
will, to prepare for what may happen under DACA. The
contingency plan should include details about what happens to
belongings, kids, pets and family members involved.

DACA recipients must prepare for deportation mentally, physically
and financially, even if it never happens, and here's how...

#1: Take Care of the Mental Stress.
DACA has allowed some individuals who entered the country
illegally as minors to receive a school and work permit under a
renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation.
You or someone you love may be under duress because of DACA.

This is a stressful time of waiting, dreaming, anticipating and of
being disappointed, and yet it's also a blessing to have a few
more years to figure out what to do or to complete some goals,
like finishing an education or saving money for your future.

Perhaps the important factor of preparedness for DACA recipients
is on how to handle the mental stress associated with not
knowing your future. It's imperative to form a community for
discussing the experience and to indulge in self help books and
community resources for counseling.

You may feel betrayed  by the party that sought you to sign up
for DACA, or you may blame it on Congress for not taking action.
Whatever the case, Elizabeth Anne Scott, author of 8 Keys to
Stress Management, advises anyone who has stress to:
  1. Be aware of your stressors.
  2. Learn to Quickly reverse your stress response.
  3. Take care of your body.
  4. Get into the right frame of mind.
  5. Cut down on stressors when possible.
  6. Cultivate healthy relationships.
  7. Put positive psychology into action.
  8. Practice long-term self resilience.

You will need to prepare yourself for the mental stress of:
  • deportation proceedings. Whatever happens, you must
    appear for your deportation procedings or you could
    jeopardize your possible citizen status.
  • arrest by U.S. immigration authorities. Every case is
    different, but you should remember that your right is to
    remain silent.
  • detention if convicted of a crime.

#2: Plan for the children, siblings and pets.
Not everyone realizes that "DACA kids" are mostly adults in their
20s and 30s and many of these people have children themselves.
The DACA program was offered to certain people in 2012 who
arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthday and who have lived
in the United States continually since 2007. While in limbo, some
of these dreamers began raising families or had their parents
deported. Now they are forced to make a contingency plan and
even get it notarized, like a will, in case of deportation.

Working through what will happen in the event of deportation will
be a difficult process. Dreamers with kids should prepare for the
worst, but hope for the best with kids under their guardianship
and also pets. Dreamers must set up a power of attorney. A
power of attorney is a document that provides a window of time
for someone to represent or act on your behalf in private affairs,
such as assigning a caretaker for your children. Dreamers need a
plan to maintain rights over their kids and completing a power of
attorney form can help.

  • Live in Arizona? Consult this guide for immigrant parents.
    Designed to "teach you about the immigration and child
    welfare systems and to help you plan so you do not lose
    rights over your children." The guide is available in both
    English and Spanish.

  • Children or younger siblings. Many dreamers under the
    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have children
    themselves and should plan for them if they face
    deportation. Others have already seen their parents deported
    and have taken guardianship of siblings. If you are a DACA
    recipient who is the parent or guardian of children, you need
    to prepare your custody paperwork.
  • What will happen to your children if you are deported?
  • Will you take the children with you or will you arrange
    they live with someone else?
  • How will the older siblings and cousins care for the
    younger ones? Foster care may be an option, but if you
    have multiple siblings there's no guarantee that they
    will be placed in a home together.

  • Pets. If you have pets, then you will need to make
    arrangements for them. If you are deported and live alone
    they are in jeopardy of not having sustenance and ultimately
    face a cruel abandonment. Your pet might be of comfort to
    you during this stressful time and so you must plan if you
    don't wish to give up your pet.

#3: Gather your documents, get legal help.
While DACA is ending, you can apply for a two-year renewal by
October 5, 2017, if you are a current DACA recipient. Get legal
help and avoid scams.

  • Gather your documents: You may be "undocumented," but
    you have some documents on hand. Anyone who is facing
    deportation should gather the following documents:
  • Birth certificates, marriage certificates
  • Medical and dental records (immunizations, payments)
  • School records (report cards and transcripts)
  • Bills: Utility bills, car payments, rental agreements
  • Tax records, bank accounts
  • Immigration records and letters

    Be sure to make copies of your documents. Then assign
    someone to have the extra set and ensure they are the ones
    to bring them to you should ICE need you to produce them.
    Be sure this person is of legal status! Another thing you can
    do to gather your documents is to get letters from family and
    friends regarding your character. A good place to start is the
    high school you attended. Schools are sympathetic to
    undocumented youth in California.

  • Get legal help: Get the legal help you need. Start by looking
    for a community bond fund to help pay for legal expenses.

  • Do NOT seek legal counsel from a Notary: A notary public
    is not legal help. This is confusing for many immigrants who
    may fall prey to a scam.It's important to notethat a notary
    public is not the same as legal help. It's been a problem
    with the word "Notario" ~ they are not legal help and most
    are just looking to scam you.

#4: Maintain good credit.
Your immigration status depends in part on your good character.
A way to prove your good character as a citizen is by maintaining
good credit. If you have credit cards, honor the due dates and do
your best to pay them off. Below are more tips for maintaining
good credit:

  • If you have a problem in paying, write the creditors. It's
    better to explain to them than for them to experience a non-

  • Do not use a credit card at the dollar stores. This is known
    to reduce your credit score.

  • Keep tabs on your credit by asking your bank to help direct
    you to the credit reporting agencies. They may even waive a
    fee and share with you your credit history.

Even though you may face deportation, do not ignore your bills.
Pay them up or arrange payments, so that if you find yourself
detained and unable to make the transaction happen, your credit
score will remain unscathed.

#5: Focus on expatriate places to live.
You will need to have a plan in case your time is up. Since you
feel American, you likely would feel more comfortable to live in an
expatriate locale. An expatriate is a person who lives outside of
their native country ~ and there are many expatriates living in
Mexico. Most, but not all, of the DACA kids were born in Mexico.

Internationalliving.com recommends three places in Mexico to live:
  • Puerta Vallarta ~ beach town
  • San miquel de Allende ~ inner city with low crime rate, and
    rich culture
  • Mérida

Other places to consider living if you were born in Mexico include:
  • Chapala ~ inner city with a large population of expatriots
  • Ensenada ~ beach town
  • Guadalajara ~ inner city with a huge foreign population
  • Los Cabos ~ beach town
  • Mexiacali ~ Border town with a large industrial park and a
    population that's highly educated
  • Monterrey ~ inner city with a high per capita income
  • Playas de Rasarito ~ beach town

#6: Learn the language.
Another fear that DACA kids have is not knowing the language.
They may know how to speak their native tongue, but they do not
know how to adequately read or write the language. As well, they
may have learned some colloquialisms that do not apply in the
country that they were born and do not know.

The job market advantages for those who are bilingual in an
expatriate community is huge in Mexico and you may find that
businesses and government agencies will hire translators. As
well, retailers and advertisers may find the need for bilingual
interpreters as will hospitals and agencies to help overcome
language barriers. You can fill this niche as an American-raised
Hispanic living in an expatriate community.

If you are a DACA participant, then you must take time to learn
how to read and write in the language of your country of origin.
Should you be deported, this will be a huge advantage.

#7: Think about Water filtration.
Let's face it: water quality in the United States may have lead or
fluoride in it, but places like Mexico have will have water quality
impacted by runoff and poor water quality management.

If you want to
avoid cholera, dysentery, giardia, hepatitis, and
typhoid be careful about your food and water and plan for it
accordingly. Among the most important items to own upon
returning to your homeland is a
Big Berkey water filter or other
water filtration.

If you move to your homeland you will need to think about your
water sources and consier water filtration:

  • Be sure bottled water is factory sealed. It's true that you
    can purchase bottled water, but you'll need to  ensure the
    water you get is factory sealed and safe to drink.

  • Brush your teeth with filtered water. You will need to use
    filtered or bottled water even to brush your teeth.

  • Wash fruits and vegetables with filtered water. Salsa
    counts as vegetable: avoid it at restaurants even if
    restaurants say their produce is purified. Or just cook your
    fruits and vegetables.

#8: Hold a garage sale.
If you may face deportation, you should begin to pair down your
possessions to only the most prized possessions and items you
need to live. The less possessions you have, the less someone
else will need to deal with them. What's more, the funds you gain
could help you pay legal fees.

Holding a garage sale or a yard sale is a great way to begin
liquidating old clothes, decorative items, unread books and toys.
In this way you will better be able to prepare should you get
deported. If nothing happens, you will have saved up enough
money to someday buy a home whether in your home country or
the United States.

Cleaning is therapeutic in itself. You will learn not only what you
most value, but also you will rediscover yourself as you evaluate
each item you own.

#9: Convert your possessions to silver.
Another thing you can do to liquidate your possessions is to
convert the cash into silver and silver coins. There are many
reasons to collect sliver coins. Silver is an excellent bartering
item and if you are low on money you can always turn in your
silver to a coin shop for cash no matter which country you live.

#10: Understand the reasons for deportation.
Stress as mentioned above is a primary concern for #DACA
recipients. Paying attention to the reasons for deportation can go
a long way towards alleviating stress.

Foreign nationals are only allowed to live in the United States
with permission from the government. The deportation process
can proceed for many reasons:
  • Entering without permission
  • Violating the terms of their visa (a visa is the permission to
    enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a
  • Failure to appear in removal proceedings or deportation
    proceedings. The notice appear comes from the Department
    of Homeland Securities. Failure to appear almost always is
    equivalent to an automatic order of removal.

If you are placed in removal proceedings, you can bring an
attorney who can help you possibly stay. You may be able to stay
for the following reasons:
  1. Married a U.S. citizen
  2. Good moral character
  3. Number of years you've lived in the U.S.
  4. Qualify as a refugee where you would be in danger of
    persecution or torture upon return to your homeland (asylum
    is a protection granted by the U.S. to someone who has left
    their native country as a political refugee).
  5. Or otherwise become eligible for lawful status, such as
    amnesty (an official pardon for people who have been
    convicted of political offenses)

This information is not meant to substitute help from an attorney.
Please seek legal guidance from an immigration attorney on how
deportation may affect you and your family, and more about the
deportation process.

Know there are five crimes that can cause deportation:
In the video below a criminal immigration law experts explain the
types of criminal convictions that cam trigger deportation from
the United States.
  1. crimes involving moral turpitude
  2. drug crimes
  3. gun or firearm offenses
  4. domestic violence, and
  5. aggravated felonies
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