Immigration Reform Holds Promise for Mixed-Status Families

In June 2013, the U.S. Senate approved a historic overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws. In addition to providing enhanced border security, the monumental reform offers a thirteen-year path to citizenship for approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants presently residing in the United States. This path holds significant promise for mixed-status families, typically consisting of foreign-born parents with some children born abroad while other children were born in the United States, and thus U.S. citizens. Tucson immigration lawyers are closely following the progress of the immigration law reforms to assist mixed-status families across Arizona.

Report: Nine million people living in “mixed-status” families across United States

It is estimated that nine million people nationwide live in mixed-status families. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics from 2010, nearly two-thirds of unauthorized immigrants residing in the United States have been living in the country for at least 10 years. Among them, almost 50 per cent are parents of minor children. Under current immigration law, mixed-status families risk a family member being deported. Potential grounds for deportation may include:

  • Certain criminal convictions
  • Inadmissibility at time of entry to the United States
  • Conviction of certain drug crimes
  • Domestic violence or child abuse conviction
  • Commission of marriage fraud

It is estimated that of the nearly 205,000 deportation cases between 2010 and 2012, approximately one-fourth of deportees claimed to have children who were U.S. citizens.

Mixed-status families and immigration advocates alike are closely following the progress of immigration reform in Congress. If you or a loved one faces a deportation order affecting your mixed-status family, contact a trusted immigration lawyer in Tucson as soon as possible to learn how to keep your family together. We at the Benavidez Law Group, P.C. are working diligently to stay abreast of legislative changes that could affect you and your loved ones.