Many Pennsylvania households include family members who came to the U.S. from other countries of origin. Sometimes, family members live in separate homes from their relatives, within the same community. If legal status problems arise regarding deportation, it can be devastating for entire families and communities.
A recent case has been making headline news, concerning a 26-year-old woman who resides in the U.S. under protected status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. She was traveling with her 5-year-old daughter when she was pulled over in a traffic stop. The situation led to her detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. She and her child were later released.
At some point, ICE officers paid a visit to the woman's parents. Her mother is a Lutheran student pastor and was making breakfast at home for herself and her husband when ICE officials showed up at her door. The couple was arrested, but unlike their daughter and grand-daughter, they were not released. In fact, they were ultimately placed on a plane for deportation back to Colombia.
A vigil, organized news conferences and other advocacy from community members were not enough to help the pastor and her husband rectify their situation. This is why many Pennsylvania immigrants connect with experienced immigration attorneys as soon as they arrive in the U.S., and stay closely connected to them, in case any legal status problems happen to arise down the line. Any man or woman currently concerned about possible deportation may request a consultation with an attorney for guidance and support.