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Sometimes immigration law keeps families together, even now

Times are uncertain for those living here in New Orleans (and elsewhere) who are not United States citizens. These days, running afoul of current immigration law could mean a one way trip back to a person's country of origin. However, there are times when the law works as it should, and a family gets to stay together.

This is the case for one man who recently received permission to remain in the country for at least another six months. His wife suffers from thyroid cancer, and he wanted to make sure he could stay with her and care for her. Not all of the credit can go to the law, however. The man's plight spread through social media, which brought attention to his situation.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the extra time is to allow the man and his family to file motions regarding the order to deport him. He had been checking in with the agency while he drove a cab in New York City to help support his family. Had it not been for the intervention of several nonprofit groups, he may have been put on a plane back to Bangladesh. Instead, he has a chance to stay with his family.

As uplifting as this story may be, many non-citizens living here in New Orleans who are facing, or could face, deportation will not get that kind of help. Instead, they may find it useful to turn to an immigration law attorney for assistance. Options may be available that could allow an individual to remain in the United States -- at least long enough to plead his or her case, which could well benefit from the right assistance.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Undocumented Immigrant Whose Wife Has Cancer Finally Granted Temporary Stay," Kimberly Yam, Nov. 22, 2017

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