For undocumented immigrants living in the Los Angeles area, just a short drive to the local grocery store or around town is a risk. Many live in constant fear of being discovered and deported from the country.
This was the case for one undocumented immigrant living in the United States. The 28-year-old woman came to this country with her partner from Guatemala years ago and has been fearful of the threat of deportation ever since. Together, they built a life here and have three children, all under age 6, who are all U.S. citizens.
Because she had been caught and ordered to be deported once before, the woman always tried to be very careful. Despite her efforts, she was taken into custody after a routine traffic stop and spent over a week in a jail. She was a passenger in a car that was pulled over by authorities and could not produce any identification when an officer asked her for it. Authorities transported her to the police station and handed her over to Border Patrol.
After the woman was released from prison, a date was set for her to appear in U.S. Immigration Court in May. She may benefit from speaking to a lawyer who can help her avoid deportation so that she can continue to live and raise her children in the only country they have ever known. With her past record as an immigration fugitive, it may be tough to fight against being removed from the country, but with the approval of new immigration measures and legislation, an attorney may be able to find a way to prolong or make her stay permanent.
Source: syracuse.com, “How one question changed an undocumented immigrant’s fate,” Marnie Eisenstadt, Feb. 3, 2013