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Deportation Laws

One of the most prevalent complaints about any government is that it is too slow. Whether too slow in making new policies, implementing policy reforms, or processing requests, someone seems to always fall victim to the languidness of the government. The most recent victim is twenty-year-old , a immigrant resident of Trenton, Missouri. A distinguished alumna of Stephens College, a friendly employee of her parent’s family-owned a Restaurant, and an active community member, she turned twenty-one on August and therefore, “aged out” of her parents non immigrant visa as she will no longer be considered a dependent of her parents.young immigtantAt the age of four, this young women, and her then one-year-old sister Gemma, were brought into the country by her non immigrant parents. She has grown up in the United States and knows no other place as home. Partaking in activities that any other child might, saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in elementary and middle school, cheering in high school, and majoring in the subject that she is most passionate about in college,she has spent her time living in the country with much contentment. Her life as she knows it, at the stroke of midnight on her birthday, just as in a fairy tale, will fall in on her as a result of aging out of her parents’ non immigrant visa; if she continues to live in the country, she will be considered undocumented,and illegal immigrant, a title that she is unwilling to carry. Therefore, this young women has decided to deport herself to England, a country, despite being her birth country is completely unfamiliar to her.

Plight of a Young Immigrant

Under the deferred action initiative of the Obama administration, it might seem as though this young women would qualify for temporary relief from any removal proceedings if she is to age out of her parents’ visa. She was brought into the country as a minor by her parents, she has graduated high school, is under the age of thirty, and has never been charged with any misdemeanors – serious or otherwise. she does not want to become illegal.young immigrantFor parents entered the country on an E-2 Treaty Investors non immigrant visa after buying the property they now own and operate. The E-2 is a “non-immigrant” visa, implying that it is temporary, and is granted to those who enter the country with the intent to invest or start a business that will employ U.S. workers. While the E-2 visa is renewable, it is only extended to its recipients and their dependent children. Realizing that their grandchildren will age out of the E-2 non immigrant visas, Miss Gray’s maternal grandparents, naturalized citizens since 2003, applied for green cards for their daughter, Lauren’s mother. The applications were filed nearly nine years ago.Currently, the government is processing applications filed in applications filed in the May of 2002. The application in question is dated September of 2003. The grandparents filed family-sponsored applications for green cards for their married daughter and her children, they fall under what is known as “third-preference”. Only a small number of these green cards are granted and that too, slowly.This young women therefore faces a dilema. While her family’s application for green cards might not be processed in time for her twenty-first birthday, there was still a glint of hope thanks to the deferred action initiative. However, if she goes out of status she can not adjust.In an interview, this young lady voices her criticism, “I’ve done everything right. I’ve been part of every community I’ve belonged to. Then to be told you’re not welcome anymore? I definitely think it is my right as a human being to live here and stay here. Isn’t it supposed to be a welcoming country, a melting-pot country?”To this predicament, we ask, where is the justice in forcing one to leave one’s home?
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