Many immigrants come to the Los Angeles area not only seeking better opportunities, but to be reunited with family members as well. Families are the units that bind people together and as a nation it is important that instead of trying to rip them apart, we work toward protecting those bonds with improved family-based immigration laws.

This is precisely the aim of new immigration reform being presented to Congress. Rallies around the country have taken place in support of these new laws. One fairly recent immigrant to the country participated in a rally that was planned to honor Mother’s Day and highlight the fact that deportations can have devastating effects on families.

The woman came to the United States in 2010 to live with her sister. She came seeking asylum from her war-torn country and the threats from the father of the child she was pregnant with at the time. She would like to obtain legal immigration status so she would no longer live in fear of being deported.

The new immigration laws would allow her to do just that. Although she has tried in the past to seek help through different organizations, she has had trouble affording the fees because her paycheck is stretched thin paying for her 3-year-old son’s daycare.

If you or a loved one wishes to apply for legal status, it is not necessary to wait for these new immigration laws to pass. An immigration attorney can advise you on the best way to proceed with your request and how you can work toward keeping your family together in the United States.

Source: The Boston Globe, “At rally, immigrants focus on deportation’s impact on families,” Gal Tziperman Lotan, May 12, 2013