Many Americans want to see greater control over the number of people who live illegally within U.S. borders. However, public opinion may be less stringent when immigrants who are not authorized to live in the U.S. have American-born children. As of 2009, nearly four million children were U.S. citizens with at least one parent who entered the country illegally. Considering the increasing deportation rate in recent years, more parents facing deportation must make a heartbreaking decision — take their American children back to a country they do not know or break up the family by allowing the children to remain in the United States. While many families still need to make this decision, a ray of hope may indicate that the situation is changing.
As recently as May 2013, a 41-year-old undocumented Mexican construction worker facing deportation within seven hours was set free. With two American-born children and two older children authorized to be here for educational reasons, the family that took root in the U.S. about 12 years ago can remain together in Miami, at least for a year. According to the Miami Herald, the father must meet certain conditions during that time:
- Remain crime-free
- Wear an ankle monitor
- Take drug tests
The proactivity of one of the older children contributed greatly to his father’s temporary release when he went to a U.S. congresswoman, begging her to champion the case. While this allowance is only a temporary reprieve, it provides an entire year for the family’s immigration attorney to seek a permanent solution — or for the U.S. immigration laws to change.
The direction the U.S. may take regarding immigration reform remains unclear. However, in many cases, an experienced immigration lawyer can find ways to help address deportation issues, particularly when the cases involve individuals focused on providing better lives for their American families by working hard and otherwise living within the law.