Hernandez-Backed Protections for Immigrant Parents and their Children Signed Into Law

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Legislation supported by state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, that will streamline the guardianship process for minors in the case that their parent is detained or deported was signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.  Hernandez was a lead supporter of House Bill 836, which streamlines the guardianship process for minors in the case that a parent or guardian is detained, deported or otherwise separated from their children due to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. Under the Hernandez-backed law, the courts now have the ability to proceed with a petition for guardianship of a minor if documentation is provided that the parent or parents are unable to receive notice or give consent. The law would also allow a short-term guardian to renew their guardianship for an additional year if the parent or parents remain unable to care for their children.

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