Many Floridians are likely aware of the government's current hardline stance toward undocumented immigrants. In some cases, however, undocumented immigrants may be granted stays on deportation proceedings. This recently happened in a case involving a man who is living in Connecticut.
According to news reports, the man and his wife fled from Colombia in 2000 because of violence in the country. After they settled in Connecticut, their son was born in 2003 with a rare genetic disorder called chronic granulomatous disease. The disease requires that the boy regularly receives treatment at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representative Joe Courtney appealed on the man's behalf to the federal immigration authorities. They argued that allowing the man to stay in the U.S. was in the national interest. The federal immigration authorities relented on Aug. 31 and granted the man a stay of one year on his deportation proceedings so that he can remain in the U.S. with his wife and ill son.
People who are facing deportation and removal proceedings may be able to secure stays in certain situations. Attorneys who are experienced in handling deportation defense cases may be able to help their clients obtain stays so that they can remain in the U.S. to care for their families. Lawyers may also be able to help their clients identify different types of visas that will allow them to live and work in the U.S. legally. If the people are being held in detention centers, the attorneys might be able to help them to secure immigration bonds so that they can remain free while their cases are pending.