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Those interested in employment immigration call for law changes

Some New York workers are hoping to see a change in state law that they feel will help their families. Many local farm workers, as well as workers in other industries, say their families have been affected negatively by employment immigration policies. Current state law does not provide the opportunity for undocumented immigrants to be eligible for a driver's license, no matter how long they have been living and working in the United States. 

One New York woman says that she and her husband have been in the United States for over a decade. They have three American-born children. They have been successful in obtaining employment on local farms and say they immigrated here to escape poverty in their home country. 

Unfortunately, after a traffic stop, her husband was unable to produce a driver's license. Even though he was not driving the vehicle and was merely a passenger, his lack of a license was enough to call attention to his undocumented status. He has since been deported, and the family is torn apart. Currently, 12 states allow undocumented employees to apply for a driver's license. 

Employment immigration can seem like a tricky matter. Many workers feel as if their lives are not secure and their family may be separated at any moment. People may not be aware they are at risk of prosecution or deportation. In many cases, it can be helpful for families to contact a compassionate attorney. An attorney may be able to give advice to families and undocumented workers as they attempt to remain together in the United States. 

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