Immigrant Stories: A mother’s love

 


Immigrant Stories is a segment dedicated to our clients, friends, and families. We know leaving your home behind carries a story of sacrifice and resilience that many are not aware of. With this series, we wish to reach those who are not aware of what being an immigrant conveys and realize that we are all one.

Leaving all you have ever know to start from scratch in a place with a different culture, a different language, a completely different way of life is one of the hardest things we do as humans.

Today, evil hands are chasing millions of families from their homes. They are taking their loved ones away, from them.

Leaving them no choice to become asylum seekers in what they think are countries that will provide hope.

This month, to commemorate Immigrant Mothers, we want to share with you Sonia’s story.

We thank her for sharing this with us. We want her to know we admire her, and we are doing everything we can to reunite her family.

Sonia’s story

In this video, Sonia tells us why she was obligated to leave her home, hid her two daughters in Honduras, and fled to the United States with her youngest son.

Gladly she is now reunited with her youngest daughter. Like many children that are still crossing the US-Mexico border unaccompanied, Sonia’s daughter had to do the same. After the trip and staying in the children’s detention centers, she was badly injured physically and mentally.

These children have a pathway to legal residency in the United States by the SIJS program. If you wish to learn more about it you can watch a video on it in this blog post.

Asylum seekers need our help. They only want to live without fear of the violence destroying their homes.

If you want to learn more about what asylum is and the time frame you have to apply for it check out this video our attorneys Naveen and Jennifer created.

If you or a loved one need legal assistance with any immigration matter, contact us at +1 512-633-1785 or schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.

 

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a protective status granted to immigrant children that are survivors of abuse, neglect, or abandonment by one of their parents. When granted, the child may qualify for lawful permanent residency, also known as a Green Card, which allows them to remain legally in the United States. In addition, children who qualify for SIJS can become residents through adjustment of status; they do not have to leave the USA to get their residency. In this video, immigration attorney Jennifer Walker Gates details the steps and what is needed to qualify for SIJS.

 

 


Many of the unaccompanied children crossing the border are eligible for the Special Juvenile Immigrant Status (SIJS) program. If you know a child that crossed the border unaccompanied and wants to help them, the SIJS program can allow a child to stay in the country and eventually obtain legal permanent residency without having to go back to their country of origin. But in Texas, the child must apply before they turn 18, so contact us as soon as possible.

Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, announced that the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border dropped by 12%. However, there are still many unaccompanied children crossing the border and Secretary Mayorkas is committed to ensuring these children are quickly processed and kept in a safe, child-friendly environment.

If you desire to become a sponsor for an unaccompanied immigrant minor but are afraid your own immigration status won’t allow it. Jennifer explains that not having legal permanent residency in the United States is not an impediment. The goal is to move all the children into safe environments as quickly as possible. If you know a child in this situation and you wish to assist them, feel free to contact us and schedule a consultation.

 

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