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Family immigration issues discussed in House

Recent media coverage has sparked a new wave of talks about asylum seekers in the U.S. Individuals seeking asylum at the United States borders are now being separated from their children due to a new border policy. What the change means long-term for family immigration has yet to be revealed. For now, people interested in migrating to New York may wish to be aware of current policy. 

In May, the United States began enforcing a new "zero-tolerance" policy. The new policy charges individuals alleged to be crossing the border illegally as felons in criminal court. Prior to the change, the same class of individuals would have been charged in civil court and detained in immigration detention facilities. Since charges are now criminal, a person found to be with children at the time of his or her arrest will be separated from those children and sent to prison.

Lawmakers are currently working on solutions to prevent individuals from being separated from minor children. The issue of individuals brought to the United States illegally as children is also being considered. A move known as a discharge petition could soon force a vote on at least four immigration issues. 

Many individuals seeking to reside in New York wish to do so with their families. Family immigration is a way to keep people together, but sometimes, changing U.S. policy can make the move somewhat difficult. Also challenging is the frequent changes in U.S. immigration law. A person with immigration issues may wish to retain the counsel of an experienced immigration attorney for guidance on migration needs. 

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