A 10-year-old Los Angeles girl whose father was facing deportation spoke to Pope Francis on March 26 at the Vatican concerning her personal situation. Two days later her father was released from an immigration detention center on $5,000 bond for which he was being held following his arrest and conviction for a DUI.
The girl was part a small group of American children born of immigrant parents that visited the pope. The children raised concerns that their families could be broken up if deportation of a parent occurred. The day after their meeting the pope then met with President Barack Obama.
The circumstances concerning the girl's father is far from being cleared up. An immigration judge will still likely determine this individual's fate as the father still could be deported.
Besides highlighting a number of legal and practical concerns, deportation issues can involve a number of moral concerns as well. As in the young girl's situation, deportation could result in the breaking up of families. The children that are left behind may be deprived of the financial backing by a parent sent back to another country. Financial support may then need to be supplied by someplace else to prevent even greater problems from arising.
Unfortunately most immigrants convicted of crimes and facing deportation will not have the backing of the pontiff. Instead they may have to settle for attorneys who can find a variety of legal means to prevent a deportation from occurring. This can include efforts in adjustment of one's status, cancellation of removal orders or applying for asylum.
Source: Fox News Latino, "L.A. Girl Who Pleaded With Pope for Her Father in Deportation Gets Her Miracle," March 31, 2014