One problem apparently left to fester by the federal government is the creation of thousands of immigration orphans who may never see their deported parents again. However, if Congress passes immigration reform, thousands of these children may be happily reunited with their parents, both in California and other states. California has by far the largest population of children left behind by deported parents.
California families and others across the nation are appealing to Congress to ease the restrictions on bars that keep their loved ones out of the country. Bars occur when someone undocumented is going through the citizenship process, but gets caught crossing the border from their country back into the United States. One representative has called the punishments cruel because it separates families and forces one parent to raise the children alone.
Some of the saddest stories about immigration involve families forced to separate while they are applying for residency in our country. A new immigration law beginning in March may reduce that likelihood and could give hope to California families affected by the possibility of a separation. The law will minimize the amount of time families are apart while they are applying for residency. As of now, immigrants are required to leave the United States and return to their home countries in order to apply for a green card and await the decision, often resulting in long separation periods and the possibility they may not be able to return.
California immigrants who have met all of the state's requirements for practicing law may be interested in the campaign of an organization called the DREAM Bar Association (DBA). Their goal is to help undocumented immigrants realize their dreams of being able to practice law in this country. They also hope the campaign will not only help them with their professional dreams, but also pave the way for permanent residence.
New reports concerning the backlog of federal immigration courts may be a cause of concern to California immigrants detained by authorities. Reports show the court's handling of undocumented immigrants' cases are flawed and the caseloads are falling behind tremendously. Even in cases where the immigrant is not seeking asylum, immigrants could wait over a year and a half to have their cases adjudicated.
A 28-year-old athlete from Cuba -- now a U.S. citizen -- truly knows what it means to live the American dream. He remembers dreaming of become an Olympic athlete as a child, practicing swimming alongside his country's national team. Now, the celebrated athlete is gearing up for the upcoming Olympic Games in London after being chosen for one of the two available spots on the American triathlon team at the San Diego trials. This is definitely a success story for the man whose family was targeted by Fidel Castro for being against his policies.
California residents might be interested in a recent news story involving immigration and a large influx of children entering the United States. These children come from all over the world in an attempt to reunite with family, escape a violent or abusive home life or to seek a country with a stronger economy. Immigration officials are growing concerned due to the large increase and are said to be stretching their limited resources to care for them.
As many California residents may know, the immigration system is often confusing and, at times, even contradictory. Unintentional results may spring from laws designed to address issues very different from what they are intended for. One woman has experienced this firsthand after she applied for an adjustment of status.
Tony Gunawan is not a celebrity in California, where he resides, but in his native Indonesia, he is a household name. The man is a two-time world champion and Olympic champion in badminton, a sport with a rabid following in East Asia. Now Gunawan is an American, having successfully completed the citizenship and naturalization process and he hopes to represent the United States in the London Olympics.