Immigration and Parental Rights in Colorado

Immigration and Parental Rights in Colorado

Immigration has been a frequent and heavily debated topic in the recent presidential campaigns. What is interesting is that, more often than might be anticipated, immigration may be motivated by the desire for sanctuary from threats in the home country. In those cases, due to the desperation motivating such an effort at escape, many immigrants may elect to remain in this country without complying with the legal and technical requirements applying to establish domicile in country.

Many in the Colorado domestic court system believe that being an alien domiciled in the state may impact the right to parent, or the right to have property rights protected. However, Constitutional protections are not limited to citizens, and courts are not permitted to discriminate against aliens when it comes to things like the fundamental right to parent a child.

Of course, it is of the utmost importance to keep in mind the best interests of the child. This typically means maintaining the presence of two loving parents in the child’s life, no matter the country of origin or current location of either of the parents or their child.

Post Contributed by Jordan Honea: Jordan is a member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness and Action.

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