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Busy courts affect family immigration issues

For many people in Charleston, nothing means more to them than their families. Whether they reside close to their loved ones or are separated by great distances, many people cannot make major decisions without consulting those they are emotionally closest to. Some individuals residing in South Carolina as well as other parts of the country must cope with the difficulties of rarely seeing their loved ones due to immigration roadblocks.

A major news outlet recently reported on an immigration court judge who averages about seven minutes per hearing when deciding if individuals who are in the United States illegally are permitted to remain. In those seven minutes individuals and their families quickly plead their cases for why they are good, hardworking people who should not be thrown out for sometimes minor problems.

Seven minutes is not very long to decide the fate of not only a person but also that of his or her whole family. Many individuals in this situation have spouses, kids and other relations who rely on them for their emotional and financial support and losing them could be crippling to the well-being of all of the others.

This immigration court judge is not alone in his struggle to keep up with a busy national immigration docket. Rushed by the quantity of cases rather than a disinterest in the system, immigration court judges have very little time to make critical analyses of matters instrumental to family immigration matters.

With so little time to make a favorable impression on the court, some individuals facing immigration hearings choose to work with immigration attorneys. Lawyers who specialize in immigration law can help their clients make cogent, compelling cases that strongly advocate for why such individuals should be allowed to remain in the country and work toward gaining U.S. citizenship.

Source: The Washington Post, "In a crowded immigration court, seven minutes to decide a family's future," Eli Saslow, Feb. 2, 2014

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