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U.S. immigration law allows sponsors to help refugee children

Throughout Georgia and in many other states, there has reportedly been a steady influx of undocumented refugee children over the past several years. Some say this has created an outright political and humanitarian crisis in the nation. U.S. immigration law allows some people to act as sponsors for these children, although the process is typically a lengthy one, sometimes taking months or even years.

Most of the children who have arrived in the United States without adult accompaniment have come from Central America. Reportedly, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement relocated in excess of 700 children since October 2015 to a state neighboring Alabama. When such children arrive in the United States, immediate action is taken to provide them food, clothing and shelter.

From there, efforts are usually made to locate any family member a child may already have in the United States. If located, a child may be released into his or her custody while awaiting immigration proceedings. So far, in 2016, it is estimated that more than 40,000 children ages 17 and under have crossed the nation's borders without adults.

U.S. immigration law is often complicated and difficult to understand, especially for those with inherent language barriers. Anyone in Georgia or another state who may be facing problems related to this or another immigration issue may seek guidance by contacting an attorney in the area. Typically, immigration and naturalization law offices are equipped with bilingual staff members who can aid immigrants in their quests for assistance.

Source: al.com, "725 immigrant children relocated to Alabama in 10 months; most move to 3 counties", Leada Gore, Sept. 14, 2016

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