Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers Report Immigrants Remain in Limbo despite President’s Executive Order

Despite President Obama’s recent Executive Order that allowed undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States for an extended period of time, many of these immigrants remain detained in sanctuaries to avoid deportation.  The President’s Order gives undocumented immigrants with children born in the United States the right to remain in the country for an extended period of time.  Deportation was also delayed for those who have resided in the U.S. for a period of at least five years, have been paying taxes, and who do not have a criminal record.

The President hopes to keep families together who are already here.  Moreover, the Order addresses the need to reduce the number of undocumented immigrants by increasing patrols at the country’s borders.  Mr. Obama’s main emphasis is to continue deportation proceedings for undocumented immigrants with criminal records.

In spite of these efforts, some law abiding immigrants remain in limbo awaiting word on whether they will be allowed to remain in the U.S.  For one woman who has been living, working, and paying taxes in Arizona since the year 2000, the Executive Order will actually split her family apart.  After a routine traffic stop last August revealed that she was in the country illegally, she has been separated from her children while taking refuge in a local church sanctuary to avoid deportation.  Since both of her children were born outside of the United States, she does not qualify for protection under the Executive Order.  In this case, the woman’s children will be permitted to stay since the Order extends benefits to those children who arrived in the country prior to January 1, 2010.

For another individual residing in the United States illegally for 20 years, a cry for help turned into an arrest and possible deportation.  In 2009, the man called police to report a burglary at his residence.  In their investigation of the robbery, police discovered the individual was undocumented and arrested him.  Since the man has five American born children, he should be exempt from deportation, however he remains separated from his family awaiting clearance.  Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are delaying his release claiming that the Department of Homeland Security will deny the reprieve to anyone already involved in deportation proceedings.  Attorneys for the man continue to fight for his right to remain in the U.S. as the father of five American born children.

As officials begin to implement the President’s Executive Order, many undocumented immigrants will experience delays in decisions on their fate as interpretations of the law need to be defined in ambiguous situations.  Not every illegal immigrant’s situation falls neatly within the parameters of the Order, so for some, their outcome remains uncertain. ICE officials have stated that each case will be reviewed individually before their final determination is made.

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