U.S. Customs and Enforcement agents recently announced that approximately 500 children who had been separated from their parents due to immigration issues have now been reunited with their families. President Donald Trump issued an executive order that states the U.S. immigration law officers may no longer separate children from their parents who may be seeking asylum at a U.S. border. While many rejoiced and said this is a step in the right direction for needed reform, others say there are still thousands of children in Florida and throughout the United States who are still being kept apart from their parents.
A Texas Republican representative told reporters he has five children himself and thinks that keeping families in separate immigration facilities is cruel. A New York representative added his thoughts as well by saying the president needs to appoint a czar to make sure all children who have been held apart from their parents get reunited with their families as soon as possible. With the new executive order, families will remain together until the parent’s asylum cases are fully processed.
It is understandable that a parent would feel afraid and apprehensive as his or her children are led away due to legal status issues. It is not uncommon for people to arrive at U.S. borders every day, seeking protection from the United States because their countries of origin have become dangers to them. Many such people do not speak fluent English, thereby creating further difficulties as they try to explain their cases to immigration officials.
A great asset for Florida immigrants to have on hand at such times is an experienced U.S. immigration law attorney. It is a comfort to know that no matter what the issue happens to be, there is no need to try to resolve one’s immigration problems alone. Under experienced guidance, parents may be able to explore various options to overcome their legal status obstacles.