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Immigration and the effects on families

Charleston residents know how controversial a topic immigration is in our country right now. Individuals can face various immigration issues such as asylum, work visas, deportation, as well as issues with their families. Family immigration is a very emotional issue that deeply impacts multiple families.

By way of example, over the last five years under the Obama administration, nearly 2 million undocumented immigrants have been deported. Of these people, approximately 125 deported people with families who had been living in the United States, in a dramatic move, will cross the California-Mexico border and demand that immigration officials allow them back into the country through a humanitarian visa or asylum. The move is designed to bring national attention to the pain deportation can bring to families when members are deported after living together and being settled as a family for years. Many of the family members who were deported have children who are United States citizens.

The event is led by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, an organization that focuses on reuniting families. This will be the third largest event staged by the alliance.

Immigration reform is currently stalled in Congress. The controversial legal topic has caused outrage on both ends of the spectrum. Regardless of where one falls when it comes to immigration reform, it is important to understand that when families are torn apart, it can be heartbreaking for those involved. Family members have rights when facing deportation proceedings. In addition, there are multiple ways individuals can find a legal way to remain or return to the United States.

For those families that have been separated because of immigration related issues, there are options available. While some families are desperate, as the above article demonstrates, families should be mindful that there are legal ways for an immigrant to return to the United States. Attorneys with experitse in immigration are available to assist individuals struggling with loss and separation due to immigration deportation. With the right assistance and support, individuals may be able to reunite with their family.

Source: CNN News, "Border showdown: Families will demand U.S. entry to reunite with relatives" March 9, 2014

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