Recent attempts by the Department of Homeland Security to change their policies about deporting people who have no criminal records and close family ties in the U.S. are not working. The backlog of cases to be reviewed has caused the whole process to slow down. The requirement that each case undergo a background check means the “new” procedure is as bad as or worse than the current one, which requires people to return to their home country and wait SEVEN TO TEN YEARS for a change in status. Many of our friends in the immigrant community prefer to just take their case to court where at least, if they win, they may have the opportunity to become legal residents. The idea of the Family Unity Waiver sounds good, but the process is unworkable. It must be completely redesigned if it is going to have any chance of success.
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