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Man's deportation left family struggling to survive

Many Pennsylvania immigrants are currently facing serious legal problems. Some have been threatened with deportation and are worried they may never see their families again. This how a family in another state felt when the father and husband, a U.S. military veteran, was placed in an immigration detention center for 18 months without possibility of bond.

Deportation worries continue to rise throughout the nation

Many immigrants in Pennsylvania say they are living in fear that they will be taken into custody by immigration officers, simply because of their countries of origin. Some say the current presidential administration has a lot to do with the apparent increase in potential deportation arrests. Families throughout the state and nation have come forward to report that their loved ones have been placed in handcuffs and led away while simply going about their daily lives.

Woman learns of father's deportation while she's at work

A woman in another state was at work early one morning when her daughter called to give her some awful news. Pennsylvania immigrants may feel especially empathetic for the woman as some may currently be experiencing similar situations. In this case, the woman's daughter had called to inform her that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers were at her home for deportation reasons.

Advocates say immigration detention centers should be shut down

A number of Pennsylvania immigrants are at risk for deportation. Some worry they will have to spend weeks or months in immigration detention centers that are filthy and unsafe. It may be a valid fear as immigrants in several other states have reported unclean living conditions and other serious problems related to their detention stays.

Are you worried that a notice to appear will lead to deportation?

If you've been living and working in Pennsylvania as an undocumented immigrant, you are definitely not the only one to do so. Most immigrants without proper legal papers live in fear that their lives may be turned upside down at any given moment if immigration officials threaten them with deportation. If you've received a notice to appear (NTA) you may be feeling confused and afraid about possibly being taken away from your family and sent back to your country of origin.

This man says his deportation shouldn't have happened

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act protects the legal status of many immigrants in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. One young man, age 23, is involved in a controversial situation regarding his deportation. He says it was completely unwarranted and left him with no choice but to re-enter the country illegally to try to resolve the issue.

Heated immigration detention situation brewing in another state

Far west of Pennsylvania, a lawsuit has been filed against a regional jail. The reason for the lawsuit involves a complicated immigration detention situation. Plaintiffs assert that jail officials are in violation of a 1987 state law.

Deportation situation causes upheaval of controversy

Many Pennsylvania immigrants may know someone currently facing a very stressful situation over immigration status. Approximately 200 immigrants were recently arrested and detained for possible deportation to Iraq. Some say the massive sweep was intended to force the hands of several other countries to take back nationals who were ordered to leave the United States.

When deportation fears are part of daily life

Perhaps you or another immigrant you know in Pennsylvania gets nervous any time a police officer is nearby. Maybe you jump whenever there's an unexpected knock on your door. For many who have emigrated to the United States from other lands, this type of anxiety is often prompted by constant fear of deportation.

Immigrants may soon be released from detention facilities

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson announced on July 13 that the release of women and children from immigrant detention centers in Pennsylvania and Texas was set to begin. The agency has come under fire from Democratic legislators, attorneys and immigration advocates over conditions at the three centers. The number of detainees in the centers swelled in 2014 when thousands of women and children were detained after being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. The families had entered the United States after fleeing dangerous conditions in Central America.

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