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Permanent resident finds himself facing deportation

A century ago, New York itself was the hub of arrival for immigrants from all over the globe. Even in modern times, the Empire State is home to a variety of people who speak over 800 languages combined, making New York City the most linguistically diverse city in the entire world. One thing people may not be aware of, however, is that there is a difference between a legal permanent resident and a U.S. citizen.

While it can be difficult to keep up with the daily stories of the conflicts surrounding the recent changes to U.S. immigration policy, there are some stories that bring the matter close to home. One such story introduces readers to a woman that found herself in a state of shock when ICE agents showed up at a family residence with paperwork allowing them to detain her father-in-law, a legal permanent resident who had lived in the United States since his youth.  She soon learned that her father-in-law was facing deportation to Mexico. 

The woman was confused, and upon inquiry was informed that though her father-in-law was a permanent resident who was living here legally, there was a criminal conviction, a misdemeanor from many years ago, on his record that now made him subject to removal from the United States. ICE agents informed the family that the warrant was not for a criminal matter, but was actually an administrative warrant. Authorities confirm that the man is a Mexican citizen, and that he had completed his sentence for the misdemeanor years ago. He is currently being held in a detention facility as he awaits the decision regarding possible deportation. 

When individuals from New York and their family members suspect that they may be at risk for action being taken due to violations of U.S. immigration laws, they may feel frightened and unsure of what to do. Even a legal permanent resident may have cause to be concerned if they have not obtained official citizenship in the United States. In many cases, it can be helpful to seek assistance in the form of an attorney familiar with U.S. immigration law. An attorney may be able to help immigrants and their families make sure they are informed about the updated laws, and assist them in making certain they are in compliance, so they may continue to live their American dream. 

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