As a new year begins, many immigrants are expressing hope that the president will initiate stronger reform for those who came here illegally so that they can remain in the country. Right now, millions of illegal immigrants still live in fear that they will be taken into custody by immigration and deported. Another concern for thousands of immigrant families regards the children who were brought to the U.S. and those who were born here. If current immigration law remains in place, these families could be torn apart as parents are deported.
A 21-year-old Mexican-born woman has been approved to file a lawsuit against the state of Oregon after authorities told her parents that she would automatically become a legal citizen as soon as she was adopted. The woman discovered too late that she needed to file paperwork to achieve status and by the time she filed, she had turned 18. Even worse, she was subject to a three-year ban from the country for her illegal status.