If a survey were conducted in Pennsylvania, asking immigrants why they came to this nation, answers would no doubt vary. Many would likely include stories of fleeing homelands from abject poverty and imminent violence. In fact, a young woman in another state says she escaped El Salvador under similar circumstances and, after recently winning asylum, is now in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

The woman says her journey to provide a safe and happy life for her sons in the United States has been wrought with challenges. The 34-year-old was allegedly abruptly awakened from sleep when immigration officials came to her home. She was reportedly threatened with deportation at that time.

In the months that followed, the woman struggled to keep from being sent back to a place she believed was far too dangerous for her and her children. It took 16 months, but she now rejoices in the fact that she was granted asylum and credits her victory with the experienced guidance and aggressive representation she received from an attorney. The woman did not comment publicly on exactly what type of violence she and her children might face if they were deported, but the evidence her attorney presented to the court was enough to convince the judge.

This is apparently surprising where this particular judge is concerned, as reports indicate he has denied at least eight out of 10 asylum requests in the past six years. Many Pennsylvania immigrants are stuck in a sort of limbo, waiting for their cases to be addressed; however, a backlog across the nation means that more than half a million requests are awaiting court decisions. Another service an attorney can provide is to try to help a client navigate the legal process in a more expeditious manner by using any and all strategies available.

Source: The Dallas Morning News, “Against rough odds, Salvadoran immigrant mom and her boys win asylum in Dallas“, Dianne Solis, Ana Azpurua, Accessed on May 29, 2017