Immigration laws and regulations can be difficult to understand and keep up with. For those who qualify for certain programs or fall under certain acts passed by the government, there may be some protection against deportation. Yet, people in Maryland and other states may still face deportation even when they assume it isn't a threat, as may be the case with one 30-year-old woman who could be deported.
The woman is currently being detained in a detention facility and could possibly be sent back to Montenegro. She was brought to the United States when she was 5 years old and has lived here since. During her time here, she has worked, paid taxes and has a Social Security number.
Family of the woman have put forth a petition to stop the possible deportation, as they claim she falls under the Dream Act. The Dream Act is designed to protect children who were moved to the United States and grew up here and keep them from being deported. However, while held in a detention facility, she reportedly can't finish filing for the protections of the Dream Act and avoid deportation.
Anyone in Maryland or elsewhere who may face deportation may benefit from understanding what programs are out there and how those programs or acts can help in their particular situation. Deportation can be a long and complicated process for anyone and can result in being sent back to a country a person may not be familiar with as an adult. Because immigration laws may change quickly, staying up-to-date on changes is recommended to anyone who may be impacted by immigration laws in general.
Source: detroit.cbslocal.com, "It's A Catch-22 For Detroit Woman Facing Possible Imminent Deportation", , Sept. 24, 2014