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Family fears deportation after staying in U.S. for child's health

Any parent in North Carolina can understand putting the needs of your child before anything else. Even in a difficult situation, most parents would put their child's best interests above all else. Unfortunately, one immigrant family may face deportation for their choice to put their child's needs first.

A decade ago, a pregnant woman traveled to the U.S. from Mexico to visit some family members. Although she had a travel visa, she did not have a visa to remain in the country for an extended period of time. While she was visiting, however, she gave birth prematurely.

Her one-pound baby needed 24-hour care to survive. If she returned to Mexico with the child, the baby girl would likely have died. Of course, she and her husband chose to violate their visa and remain in the United States. Because the child was born so early, she has had serious medical problems since. Because hospitals in the U.S. offer top-notch care, the family is still living in the U.S. 10 years later.

Now, they fear deportation. Although their daughter could stay because she was born here, what parent would want to be separated from his or her child, especially when the child has serious health problems?

As anyone in this situation should do, the couple is working closely with an immigration attorney to determine if there's a way to stay in the country legally. So far, however, it seems that the law needs to change before they will be completely protected from deportation.

Source: ABC 15, "Valley family faced with impossible decision fights for immigration reform," Elizabeth Erwin, Jan. 10, 2014

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