Numerous immigrants come to California, or other states, looking for a refuge from their native country. While making the claim for asylum may seem easy enough, the process of actually being granted this status can be quite challenging to navigate alone. One family's road to achieving asylum for their young daughters is certainly a story of hope for others who may find themselves in a similar situation.
A recent modification by the Obama administration is lessening the restrictions faced by many immigrants looking to relocate to California or other areas of the country. The change affects people seeking asylum that may have unintentionally supported terrorists or their organizations. It redefines the definition of "material support" and how it is applied to asylum applications.
Requesting asylum in the United States is not a particularly promising way of legalization. However, if you're from one particular country you'll be given preferred status. Due to laws passed by the U.S. Congress, individuals who can establish birth in that country are granted asylum and put on a fast track to naturalization. This impacts California and other states but is most crucial in connection with the southern coastal areas that provide direct ocean access to refugees from that island-country.