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Immigration: getting legal residency can be tricky

Gaining legal residency in the United States has been the dream of many immigrants over the history of this nation. However, actually obtaining it from the Immigration and Naturalization Service has become more difficult as time has passed, even for families who have been in Georgia for years.

Take one married couple in Vegas, for example. This husband and wife have been in the United States for more than 20 years. They arrived here on tourist visas and the husband was able to arrange a temporary work permit, while the wife attempted to adjust their residency status. They had children, enrolled them in school and kept going like any family would. Sadly, it hasn't always been an easy road. 


Both the husband and wife lost their jobs. Then they lost the house. The husband has been offered a stay of deportation of one year, while the wife flew back home and re-entered the U.S. illegally, making deportation a real possibility. They both worry constantly about the prospect, but they consider themselves Americans and can't imagine a life anywhere else, even their home country of Mexico.

Their story is one that's all-too-familiar for thousands upon thousands of immigrants in this country. The issue of immigration is being (and has been) bandied about for years, but immigration reform is a slow process and many families may be caught in the middle, getting deported before any real action is taken.

These families may want to consider hiring an immigration attorney. He or she can help  immigrants acquire proper papers and may be able to help stop deportation proceedings in court.

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