A California family is taking a personal interest in the political talks regarding immigration reform. While some of the children in this family were born in Mexico, other children in the family were born in the United States. The parents are considered to be here illegally.
Obviously, the family lives in fear of being separated from each other due to current immigration laws. Some lobbying groups are sympathetic towards their plight while others would have no problems in seeing the parents deported.
This family has now been in the United States for 22 years. There is no indication that they've been accused of any criminal wrongdoing while they have lived here as residents of the United States. And it is likely that the parents have raised their children as American citizens.
In any case, these family members are just a few of 11 million Americans already considered to be illegal immigrants living within our borders. It is hoped that the immigration reform package will allow many of these individuals a pathway to citizenship.
Yet as President Obama noted in a speech regarding these immigration reforms, even if the package is implemented the process will likely remain slow for those seeking citizenship in the United States. These individuals will still need to pass a background check, demonstrate that they will add to America's tax base, and possibly face various penalties concerning their illegal immigration status.
Attorneys is experienced in working with such immigrants can possibly help to expedite the process. These attorneys can help represent immigrants and family members present their story to immigration officials.
Every immigration case is unique, and the individual circumstances of each case need to be brought up and addressed.
Source: CBS Evening News, "Calif. family with 'mixed' immigration status eager for Obama reforms," by Bill Whitaker, Jan. 29, 2013
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