For many immigrants, the thought of making a new home in America, building a better life and finding protection for their families are some of the common goals they share. However, getting into the United States and acquiring legal citizenship requires time, attention and commitment. Immigrants who try to get into Illinois without following the designated legal process could face a variety of consequences including detention, deportation and fines. 

Most recently, large caravans of immigrants have been working to cross the border from Mexico into the United States against the wishes of President Trump. Many of the migrants say they are fleeing their home country because of unprecedented gang violence that is creating exponential danger for them and their families. Authorities warned immigrants that if they continue to make their way into the country, they could eventually face major consequences that will keep them away from their families for a long time.

As many as 1,000 immigrants continued their migration despite warnings from President Trump and orders to Homeland Security to stop them. President Trump is using this recent case as justification for his plan to build a wall on the border to keep immigrants from entering the country illegally.

If there are immigrants who are seeking citizenship in the United States, they may benefit from hiring an attorney to act as their advocate. This decision may provide them with help in facilitating their quest to make a new life in a new country. 

Source: Stamford Advocate, “Central America asylum seekers get legal aid near US border,” Elliot Spagat, Apr. 28, 2018