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Some North Carolina immigrants want to avoid deportation

In a recent incident that was transmitted across international airwaves and Internet venues, a 5-year-old girl, born in the United States, made a secret plea for help on behalf of her undocumented immigrant parents. Videos of the child have gone viral. At the time, no one seemed to realize that she was trying to help her mother and father avoid deportation. Most thought she was simply greeting a religious leader who was visiting various states outside North Carolina.

The Catholic Pope of the Holy See, Francis, was traveling through the crowded streets in a protected motor vehicle so that he could greet the people during his first-ever visit to the United States. The young girl attempted to cross the security barriers in order to hand the religious pontiff a t-shirt with a note attached. In the note, which was reportedly written in crayon, the religious leader's assistance was implored, asking him to speak to the U.S. Congress in order to help her parents obtain legalized statuses so that she no longer would have to  fear being separated from them.

The girl's family had allegedly traveled to Washington D.C. from their state of residence, California. Some children in North Carolina might face similar issues regarding their own statuses as born citizens, as opposed to their parents' statuses as undocumented immigrants. It is often reported that such children live in daily fear that their parents will be taken away from them.

In North Carolina and throughout the United States, there are legal professionals who are experienced in cases involving immigration and naturalization law. A person trying to avoid deportation, or someone who has questions or concerns about related legal matters, would be able to seek answers to their questions by consulting with an immigration attorney. The lawyer would be able to help determine all options that might be available in seeking a legitimization of status and/or avoiding being deported and separated from family members.

Source: USA Today, "Girl gives letter to pope, fears her parents will be deported", Garrett W. Haake, Sept. 24, 2015

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