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The greatest gift: Chicago mother of 3 avoids deportation

As Illinois families come together this holiday season, many look to set aside their concerns in order to enjoy the company of loved ones. However, there are many families grappling with the threat of deportation and being separated from their families.

One Chicago woman, however, will be especially cheerful over the coming weeks, since she was able to avert deportation. Recently, the court granted her legal resident status, which will allow her to stay in her community and with her three children.

The woman's struggle began in early 2010 when a simple traffic violation caused officials to pursue deportation action. Like many others in the Chicago area, the woman was caught up in the "Secure Communities" effort, a program in which local law enforcement provides fingerprint data to federal officials who in turn seek deportation.

The threat of deportation pushed the woman into a state of depression. She was concerned that the state would take custody of her kids while her deportation proceedings moved forward. Fortunately, the immigration judge assigned to her deportation case granted a "cancellation of removal," so the mother of three can remain in Chicago without fear of being pursued by immigration officials.

Judges may grant a reprieve to those facing deportation if they have "lived in the country for 10 years continuously" and have maintained upstanding behavior. In this case, the woman demonstrated that deportation would adversely affect her health and the well-being of her children.

This woman's story shows how even minor offenses can create a world of trouble for undocumented immigrants and their families. By immediately working to defend against criminal charges, a person may be able to prevent deportation action as well. Responding in this fashion has the potential to provide tremendous relief to the families that need it most.

Source: The Chicago Reporter, "Undocumented Life: One year later, an immigrant gets a Christmas wish," Maria Zamudio, Dec. 18, 2012

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