As South Carolina residents know, there has been a lot of coverage in the news about undocumented immigrants who are living in the United States. While the majority of U.S. citizens believe that undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements should be permitted to remain in the country, a legal fight continues over an executive order that grants temporary work permits and provides deportation relief.
Since the beginning of the Obama administration, around 2 million individuals have been deported from the United States, while large numbers of individuals and families have arrived from Central America, reportedly because of poverty and rising violence. Because of the fear of deportation, some undocumented immigrants have sought sanctuary in churches to prevent being separated from their families.
Mothers, along with their children, have been housed in detention facilities awaiting hearings as to whether or not they will be deported. This detention was declared illegal by a federal judge several months ago, but some families still remain in custody. Urging European organizations that are based on faith to offer shelter and assistance for the many individuals and families fleeing Africa and the Middle East, the pope has previously expressed a belief that a new attitude is needed toward refugees and migrants overall. President Obama signed an executive order to ease the fear of undocumented immigrants from deportation and grant work permits. However, it has faced obstacles from opponents, and no legislation has been passed by Congress to deal with the problem.
Those who are seeking immigrant visas to stay in the United States might benefit from consultation with an attorney who has experience with immigration law matters. The attorney may provide insight into the documentation that is needed and may be able to help dispute a denial for a visa as well.