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Executive order may impact Colorado immigrant families

If you came to Colorado from another country of origin, you likely understand what it's like to face significant language and cultural barriers that place obstacles and challenges in your path as you try your best to build a new life in the United States. If you happen to be one of tens of thousands of immigrants who did not have his or her paperwork in order when crossing a U.S. border, it may have intensified your challenges.  

In the recent past, thousands of children have been separated from their parents when Immigration Customs and Enforcement agents have taken the adults into custody to await adjudication of asylum cases or removal proceedings. Recent changes have occurred at the executive level of government that may help keep families together. This post tells more about those recent developments, as well as provides information to point you in the right direction if you choose to reach out for support.  

The president signed a document 

Recent news headlines informed the world that President Donald Trump signed an executive order, changing the system for the way families are dealt with at U.S. borders when parents arrive with children but no paperwork. The following list includes highlights from this week's news in addition to ideas about seeking support: 

  • The president's signature let ICE officials know they are no longer to take children away from their parents when they apprehend adults crossing borders without proper legal documents. 
  • The president said he is relying on the Department of Defense to help house detained families. 
  • Actions are currently underway to reunite many children who have already been separated from their parents. 
  • The zero-tolerance policy of prosecuting anyone caught crossing a U.S. border without proper documentation remains in place. It's just that parents with children will stay together in immigration facilities set up for that purpose.  

As a concerned parent, you'd be worried sick if someone took your children away, even if that someone was an official agent of the U.S. government. If you or your loved ones are currently facing immigration-related problems, it does not necessarily mean your worst fears will actualize. In fact, many Colorado immigrants are able resolve their legal status problems, especially when children are involved and there are grounds for seeking asylum. 

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