The state of Arizona has not been very friendly to undocumented immigrants in recent years. In fact, Arizona is one of the 26 states that initiated a challenge to President Obama's immigration policies. That decision is now before the United States Supreme Court.
Many in the state will be impacted by the decision the justices are currently pondering. Dependent upon which way the court ultimately rules, individuals and families could face deportation, separation and loss of jobs and housing. The pending decision may affect around 4 million immigrants who have evaded deportation thus far.
One 24-years-old undocumented immigrant from South Korea who is enrolled at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is worried how the decision could affect him and his family members.
"A lot of folks are scared that they may not have an ability to work and . . . get deported or . . . lose the social standing in their communities," he recently told a news outlet.
It's a scary proposition to consider, especially when coupled with the issue of some family members having given birth to children in the United States who are thus considered to be citizens. Anyone in those circumstances is wise to be concerned and keeping a close watch on the proceedings that could determine their future standing.
If you are an undocumented immigrant living in the state of Arizona, you may want to consider working with an attorney to file a petition for immigration in order to achieve legal status and be permitted to remain in the United States.
Source: KTAR, "Undocumented Arizonans await decision on immigration reform challenge," Sharon Mittelman, April 19, 2016