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White House policy may have affected more in family immigration

This country may have been founded as a nation of immigrants, but in today's world, there are disagreements about how immigration should be managed. The current presidential administration has been known for taking a hard-line stance on immigration of which some support and others do not. In New York, where there are several sanctuary cities, many current residents risked a great deal to get here, hoping to complete the process of family immigration. Along the southern U.S. border, where the center of the immigration debate seems to have settled, many children were separated from their families when they arrived. Experts are now saying that the old policy may have affected more people than previously thought.

The ACLU was originally representing over 2,700 children in a class action lawsuit that challenged the policy of family separation. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now says that there may have been many more children affected. They were unable to keep accurate records due to what the Office of Refugee Resettlement says were limited resources, and thus an exact number is not known.

The current White House implemented a zero-tolerance policy for family separation as related to illegal border crossings, though an executive order was issued in June last year to end that practice. However, a new report now says that even before the zero-tolerance policy was enacted, the number of separations rose in 2017, and that separations still occurred even after the executive order was issued, and still occur today. Prior to this administration, the policy to separate children from their families was based on the safety of the child.

No matter how a family comes to this country, the practice of separating children from their parents can be devastating to everyone involved. Family immigration is a complex issue and those who want to immigrate here to New York with their loved ones may find the advice of an experienced immigration attorney to be invaluable. Hopefully, it can be the first step to a brand new life.

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