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Graduates and professionals want to avoid deportation

New legislation may possibly affect undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, were educated in the United States and achieved professional accomplishments in America. Some now fear that they will face a battle to avoid deportation. Many in North Carolina and beyond have college degrees, high-earning careers and a full command of the English language; however, they do not have a green card.

One 31-year-old woman crossed the nation's borders at the tender age of 11. As she grew, she worked selling confections in order to put herself through college. Upon graduation in 2005, she was hired by a prominent banking company. Eventually, she progressed from working as an intern to an analyst, then vice president, and, ultimately, she became a director.

Throughout her rise to success, the young woman remained fearful that her undocumented status would be discovered. Now a legal citizen, she works as an advocate for the rights of others whose journeys are similar to her own. The current legislation demands that undocumented immigrants be deported whether they entered the United States as children or as adults.

Data indicates that there are millions of undocumented immigrants in North Carolina and throughout the nation who crossed the borders decades ago, but who are now afraid that they will have to battle to avoid deportation. Those who are afraid of being sent back to countries they left long ago may benefit from discussing their options with experienced immigration attorneys and keeping an eye on proposed legislation. With the help of a lawyer, it may be possible to avoid deportation via legal channels.

Source: bloombergview.com, "The Undocumented Investment Banker", Feb. 25, 2015

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