In 2005, a woman in another state was taken into custody by immigration officials. Her immigration detention situation meant that her 7-year old son and infant daughter were being torn from their mother. The events that unfolded drew media attention in Pennsylvania and across the country and resulted in a five-year struggle to reunite the family.
Many Pennsylvania readers recently followed news regarding wildfires spreading in various regions along the West Coast. An immigrant who lives there with several of his relatives was one who got out of his apartment alive before it was completely destroyed by the fires. In the aftermath of the disaster, he faced several challenges regarding his immigration status and continues to live with dire concerns as to whether he may eventually face the deportation process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.