The children of undocumented immigrants have unique challenges as they grow up in the United States. By being children when they arrived in the U.S., it makes it difficult to hold them accountable for being brought here illegally by parents, yet the law currently sees them as being able to be held accountable. For a 20-year-old, his fight against deportation is just beginning. Anyone in Maryland who may have been brought here illegally and is concerned about what they may face someday or what the laws may be in the future may want to follow his case.
The young man was brought here with his sister when they were 8 and 10 years old. They always knew they were here illegally, and their parents prepared them for the possibility of deportation. The man was stopped and frisked by police at 17 and found to have marijuana on him. This set off a series of events that are still playing out.
The man spent time in jail and in an immigration detention center. He is scheduled for an appeal of his deportation in June. If that appeal fails, he will be sent back to Mexico, a country he has not been to since he was a child. The family is trying all they can do to help him and also drawing national attention to the issue of deportations and calls for the White House to halt deportations.
Efforts to stop deportations have been cropping up all over the country as a record number of them have taken place over the last several years. However, when someone is arrested for a crime and is found to be here illegally, it can be a difficult journey ahead -- at least based on the current deportation and immigration laws. Anyone at risk in Maryland may benefit from staying up to date on applicable laws and also being fully aware of their status and those of their loved ones, along with their potential legal options if arrested.
Source: america.aljazeera.com, "N.Y. family fighting son's federal deportation order", Kaelyn Forde, April 7, 2014