A new immigration reform bill that was introduced to the Senate last month is giving new hope to immigrants in Los Angeles who currently do not have legal status and are or have been involved with any stage of deportation hearing. This includes those who have already been deported after December 31, 2011, those that have been issued a deportation order and those that are currently in deportation proceedings.
This is great news for one immigrant who is currently living in the United States without legal status. The Guatemala native says she lives in a constant state of fear of being deported and separated from her husband and two children who are U.S. citizens. She came to the U.S. in 1991 seeking political asylum from her war-torn native country. Although she has tried numerous times to obtain a green card, her requests were denied, and in 2003, she was given a voluntary deportation order.
If the new bill is passed, this woman would be able to pursue provisional legal status and finally be able to live without constantly looking over her shoulder. The bill applies to those in some stage of deportation who have spouses, children or parents who are either legal residents or citizens of the U.S.
If you fit these criteria, you may wish to speak with an immigration attorney who can help you with your case and advise you about your options if the bill passes. Doing so can give you a jump start toward obtaining legal status in the United States.
Source: Source: Southern California Public Radio, “Senate immigration bill could give some deportation targets another chance,” Leslie Berestein Rojas, April 29, 2013