The very thought of being torn away from family is something that many people cannot even conceive. In reality, many immigrant families live in fear of this possibility on a daily basis. A New Jersey man is about to face one of the biggest moments in his life at an immigration hearing. After facing months of immigration detention, the man has been granted a new hearing to possibly prevent him from being deported.

Nearly 30 years ago, the man left his home in El Salvador to pursue a new life in the United States. Since then, he has married and helped to raise three children. His wife and kids are all U.S. citizens, but he does not currently have legal immigration status. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained the man and has kept him behind bars for over three months. Citing two convictions from the 1980s, ICE has maintained the necessity to keep the man in jail on $5,000 bail.

For now, the man's family cannot afford the bail to have him released from jail. Not only are they afraid their husband and father will be deported, but they have spent months away from him during his detention. However, the news of a new immigration hearing has the man's children excited and feeling hopeful; they hope their father will get the green card he so ardently desires.

The man in this case has much more at stake than leaving his own affairs behind: he has made a family here. Knowing that the man has built a life for himself in the United States makes the prospect of deportation all the more worrisome.

Effective legal representation is what gave this man another chance to stay in the United States. He faced imminent deportation until an attorney helped him delay deportation and receive a new hearing. This case shows what a difference knowledgeable legal counsel can make in complex and emotional immigration matters.

Source: The Jersey Journal, "Union City father previously faced with deportation is granted bail and new hearing," Terrence T. McDonald, Feb. 6, 2012