In the past, immigration authorities often gave people a chance to regularize their immigrant status when faced with a deportation order. This was especially true when the order was old and the immigrant had a good chance of qualifying for legal status. For example, old deportation orders were often lifted when the immigrant was married to a U.S. citizen, as long as that marriage was validated by immigration authorities.
Obtaining legal residency in the United States can be very challenging, even for Louisiana families who have spent decades in the country. One married couple, who has lived in this country for over 20 years, has struggled to become legalized. They came to the U.S. on tourist visas, and the husband got a temporary work permit, while the family tried to adjust for residency status. The couple enrolled their Mexican-born children in school, and, while they qualified for the Millennium Scholarship, their father refused the assistance.
There is great news ahead for the undocumented immigrant families of United States military members. Louisiana residents may have heard the news about a new Obama administration policy now allows for the spouses, parents and children of military members, to receive legal status and military benefits. This family immigration policy will greatly benefit thousands of immigrant families all over the nation.