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Immigration issue with minors complicated because of safety

The U.S. has had an issue with illegal immigration for years. Whether the entrants are from Mexico, Cuba or another country, arriving in this country via illegal means can cause all sorts of complications for everyone involved. Recently, there has been an influx of illegal immigrants, but with a twist; the immigrants are all minors. Although Lancaster is hundreds of miles from the borders in question, many of the families these children are trying to reach can be found throughout the country.

This also isn't a new development in the immigration issue. In 2008, President Bush signed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. The law was meant to protect Central American children who came to the United States illegally. The act made it illegal for these children to be immediately deported; instead, they are granted an immigration hearing. They are also made wards of the department of Health and Human Services, and family members already in the states are located.

The law was also meant to put a stop to the human trafficking of children. In some cases, children were being sent here to be sold to individuals for illegal activities. The law was a way of keeping track of the children and protect them from those who would victimize them.

However, the law is currently causing several other issues when dealing with the large influx of minor illegal immigrants. Because each child is guaranteed a hearing, it is causing a backlog of cases while they work through the system. It is also costing the federal government to feed and shelter these children. If more family members can be located, these children could become wards of their family members instead of the government, which would allow federal agencies to focus on the more problematic issue. For families who are embroiled in a family immigration issue, speaking to a competent legal professional may help a family stay together and start a new life here in the United States.

Source: Source: The New York Times, "Immigrant Surge Rooted in Law to Curb Child Trafficking," Carl Hulse, July 7, 2014

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