Jefferson County Immigration Rights Advocates

by Larry Jensen, Co-chair JCIRA

For many of us in Port Ludlow, the only recent immigrants we see mow our lawns or clean our houses. Our contact with them may be no more than a nod or a wave. But, if we could hear their stories, we would learn that some have been sponsored for family reunification visas by immediate family; some, as provided by law, presented themselves at a port of entry, requested asylum, and are free on bond or parole waiting for a hearing on their request; and some, expecting that their asylum request would be denied, cross the border without authorization. Those who have requested asylum or risked their lives entering the country are desperate to escape persecution, violence, hunger, homelessness, or other unlivable conditions.

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