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Families have options when their legal status gets murky

We've talked a lot on this blog about families who are trying to either enter the United States or are just trying to stay in the U.S. These are two very different goals that have two very different legal processes, but the end goal is the same: getting good people who are trying to be in the U.S. (and probably want to be citizens of the U.S.) to achieve their dream.

However, the journey to attain this dream varies from person to person, family to family. Just take the story of a family from our source article. They eventually earned a deportation reprieve, but not before the family's father was threatened with deportation for years and the family had to deal with that turmoil (and fear) throughout.

With so much changing in the world of immigration law in this country, and with the many challenges to the laws (and the changing of these laws) that are expected, it will be a confusing time for people who are trying to get a grip on their immigration situation or their legal status.

So there are two takeaways from this story: the first is that "confusion" and "immigration law" practically go hand in hand. It's a confusing and convoluted area of law. But don't let that intimidate you. Consult an experienced lawyer if you have serious questions about your legal status or situation as it pertains to immigration law.

The other takeaway refers back to an earlier paragraph: there could be a lot of changes in the coming weeks and months that create complications and logistical problems for people who are dealing with immigration issues. Again, don't let this scare you. Alongside your immigration attorney, you can get through this.

Source: Multi-American, "One immigrant family's hopes for 2015 hinges on deportation relief," Jan. 1, 2015

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