Dallas Family Anticipates New Immigration Policy

parents Dallas Family Anticipates New Immigration Policy

Roberto & Naida Salas, a Dallas family that would benefit from a new piece of legislation designed to keep families together while awaiting paperwork to apply for citizenship.

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A new immigration policy expected to take effect later this year aims to stop the separation of families.

It would affect undocumented spouses and children of U.S. citizens.

Roberto Salas is one of thousands of immigrants in the country who could benefit. He came to the United States in search of work when he was still just a teenager.

“I have 13 years here. That’s about half my life,” the Dallas resident said. His wife, Naida, is American, and together, they have three American children.

He, however, is here illegally.

“It’s important to have my papers, because I want to live here for all my life,” he said.

As the husband of a U.S. citizen, Salas can apply for residency. But, under the current policy, he has to leave the country first and wait for a waiver from the U.S. Consulate in Mexico, a process that could take anywhere from a few months to over a year.

“That’s for this family, in particular, is something that is not affordable.

He’s the primary breadwinner for the family – and his wife, given her medical condition requires his daily assistance,” said immigration attorney Isaul Verdin.

Naida Salas suffers from depression and schizophrenia, controlled with medication.  Leaving her, her husband says, isn’t an option.

“It’s hard for my family, my three kids and my wife. She doesn’t have nobody else, just me,” he said.

The U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services, though, says, it will soon allow spouses and children of U.S. citizens to stay in the country while waiting for most of their paperwork to be processed.

They would still have to leave country, but only for a matter of weeks.

The department says the new policy would affect between 22,000 and 23,000 a year, 78 percent of which are expected to be approved.

For families, like the Salas, it could finally put legal residency in reach and end the fear they will one day be torn apart.

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One Comment

  1. Nonya says:

    Yes, let’s reward folks who break the law just because they have been evading detection for years or decades. Sorry, you made the poor choice and you need to take the punishment. If you don’t want to break up the family, send the entire family while the illegal member waits for the waiver.

  2. Lisa T says:

    It is sad. By not having any respect for the law to come here leagally, he puts his family at great strife if he leaves to come here legally. In the mean time, both political parties lie for votes, that illegals are the only ones who will take these blue collar jobs.

    Before the economy was in the tank, the African American community unemplyment rate was 17%, and 43% for teens. who knows what the rate is for other legal immigrants and minorities.

    We have to make sure those who are born and raised in our country have jobs before we can start to open the oppotunities for immigrants.

    1. Verdin says:

      One the issue of “colored collar jobs”– What about the issue of immigrants taking non blue collar jobs, and putting their welfare on the line for the economy. Example, strawberry picking immigrants picking strawberries in pesticide infested conditions. Many of their babies are born with defects because they are inhaling chemicals from pesticides. I’m an American, and I won’t take those jobs. Will you?

  3. WeArentAllLikeYou says:

    Thank you nonya and lisa for your prime examples of “compassionate conservativism”. Your ancestors were immigrants also, you ignorant morons. Maybe it’s you that needs to go back to your homeland.

    1. Nonya says:

      Legal immigrants. Legal being the key words. Also can you cite what the immigration laws were back in the 1500s? That is when my family came. I don’t think it’s right to break up families but I don’t think it is right to reward folks for breaking the law and putting them ahead of people who follow the immigration process.

    2. Lillydaystar says:

      Huge difference Jack between legal and illegal.

    3. texas heartland says:

      You showed your lack of class by calling people names for expressing their opinions! And you know what? My family came here legally from another country. It cost a fortune and a lot of years of work and saving and SEPERATED spouses but we DID IT RIGHT. If they want to stay together then send the entire family back to Mexico. If he wants to come back, apply and do it right. People need to wake up and follow the laws of this country. Instead our politicians are giving these free loaders a new way to get around the law!

  4. Tim says:

    Illegal means aqainst the law, lest we forget!!

  5. branwren says:

    He’s the sole means of support for the family? I want whomever has him employed prosecuted. It’s illegal to hire illegal aliens in this country.

    1. Verdin says:

      The gentleman is self-employed and creating jobs.

      1. Nonya says:

        He wasn’t creating widgets in a vacuum. Who purchased his wares/labor? They should be called to answer.

  6. Verdin says:

    Here’s an issue for the forum: Why are many American’s more willing to inject ardent passion against immigration, than they are on most other political issues? What is it about immigration that fuels people’s passions? Is there an underlying reason for this? Many American’s will vilify immigrants as “serious” criminals; yet, they themselves are repeat offenders of common regulatory crimes, such as speeding. The point being, is that we can change the speed limit, and legalize faster driving. Likewise, we can ease our immigration laws to make illegals become legal. But, do we want to do that? If not, why not?

    1. Nonya says:

      With unemployment as high as it is (8.x for U3 and over 16 percent for U6) and that doesn’t really count every one who has stopped looking for work, combined with the strain on the social services at a state, local, and federal level, something needs to be done.

      Illegal immigration is not like speeding. It is more like a boat that has a hole in the hull. We need to plug the hole (border) and then bilge out (remove/deport) as much of the water as we can. Besides, if I got caught speeding, I would have a ticket and have to face the consequences of breaking that law.

      If you think that we can’t deport/remove 15-30 million individuals, do you think that if 15-30 million people decided to not pay their taxes (above the 47 percent that already don’t) that the IRS would just give up and say; “We can’t catch them all, there’s nothing we can do.”? No, they would do what ever it would take to get their money.

      Now a question for you, why do you advocate for people breaking the law? How do folks like this get buy aside from possible ID theft and defrauding the system? This is only one part of a larger problem. The reason that immigration is the current topic is because of the article referenced above.

    2. sour says:


      history repeats itself,,,same name calling to the Irish,Italians or other ‘displaced’ persons

      1. Nonya says:

        LOL, yep. There it is. The race card. Yours is looking kind of tattered. It doesn’t matter where on Earth you come from. If you don’t come here lawfully, you run the risk of getting caught. When you get caught, you can’t cry foul because you don’t like the consequences. Sorry, your race card is invalid.

  7. FedUpTxn says:

    Recent statistics show the population of the DFW area is now 44% “foreign born”. This is totally unacceptible. Check Garland open warrants online and see what this population is doing. Sit in front of Parkland and watch them stream in claiming to be so poor they cannot pay for their own care while driving the best vehicles, wearing the best clothes, talking on the best cell phones and laughing all the way to the bank because they work for cash. Our schools can no longer handle their children. Tax payers can no longer afford to live. Crime is so totally out of control that even the police can no longer handle it. ID theft is everywhere. Immigration IS what is destroying our economy. It is way past time to start mass deportations and STOP rewarding these criminals. Fingerprint everyone for a job, to register in school, to board an airplane, cross the border, buy property, when they receive medical care or social services. Illegals should be DEPORTED NOT REWARDED! And Mexico or any other country should be fined for each and every one!

  8. kim says:

    Ignorant people.. Just leave them alone..

  9. Anne Mitchell says:

    Closely-spaced pregnancies are considered beneficial for depression and schizophrenia?

  10. pr says:

    Illegal is Illegal. If he wants to take his family back to Mexico with him that is his choice.

  11. Belinda says:

    Illegal is Illegal. We do have compassion and don’t particularly want to see families separated but this is the choice that they made when they came over here illegally! We are not the culprits here they are! We cannot afford to foot the bill for the free county medical bills they get, food stamps, wick, housing and the list goes on and on when Legal US Citizens cannot get any benefits that other legal citizens pay for. The people that pay for it had better not get in a crunch and try to get any Benefits they won’t qualify for anything! So yes the legal citiizens are very perturbed about the illegals hogging up everything and then acting like it’s their right! Don’t forget it wasn’t that long ago that they were hogging all the jobs and sending all their money back to Mexico! You couldn’t even get in the post office to buy stampst for hem getting money orders to send thousands of dollars back to Mexico a week. They should be good to go with all the money they were sending back home! I understand both sides but right is right and wrong is wrong and you can’t change that! Go home and start over and come back legally! That’s the fair thing to do! If the family doesn’t want to be separated go back with them and come back with them!

  12. sour says:

    como se dice, white trailer park, en espanol?

    oh Basura. cool.

    “down the illegals, vote against Obama”

  13. Dave Francis says:

    The Liberals, Unions, farmers, radical groups, special interest and even the major churches still think America should absorb every foreign visitor or every illegal migrant, even though these entities would pay nothing towards their monetary support? Under their foolish direction this land could be overrun with even more abject poverty than what we have now. Then again, ObamaCare will treat anybody with the compliments of US taxpayers. We will all be forced by law to pay our fair-share of taxes into his massive healthcare pool in future years. Not only have to accept paying for our own low income, homeless people, but the absconders from other lands? We will become the United Nations of PPO’s, HMO’s that will bankrupt this nation? We are already sliding into a giant mire, but we can at least take release some of the intense pressure by the example of Mitt Romney statement; that we can still exercise a citizen’s right in demanding the ‘Legal Workforce Act’ or Mandatory E-Verify (H.R. 2885).

    This is true unadulterated immigration enforcement, by driving illegal aliens into self-deportation. The US Government has nothing to do, but audit business or listen to informants or whistle-blowers that have a front row seat, well aware of companies not complying with E-Verify? Once a few business owners see the inside of a prison cell or get fined millions of dollars the word will emanate around the country. These tough sanctions for violating the law will be determined to be an absolute deterrent if they hire illegal labor. The second urgent bill is the “Citizenship Birthright Amendment bill (H.R.140), which will derail the persistence of any illegal alien, of any national gaining immediate citizen for their baby and thereby unable to collect welfare benefits, that only citizens should have the approval.

    Outside of the radical manipulation of the Liberal press, read THE TRUE FACTUAL daily news columns at “American Patrol” Site.

    Only the American people have the unique power of the vote, to descend on any given political representative and insist they co-sponsor these laws? If you think for one minute that either party without your pressing by voters that politicians are going to support either of these laws without you harassing them; nothing will happen, ever? One thing’s for sure that paying out over $113 billion dollars a year in pandering to 22 million plus illegal aliens is not going away and the cold facts is the dollar amount is not going to fade? The public assistance programs are going to accelerate under this administrations Socialist dependency? It’s just going to grow as well as the overpopulation of this nation. Are we to face shortages of everything in our future? Learn the absolute truths at NumbersUSA. The E-Verify program must be succeeding as 4 Democrats have now co-sponsored this bill and you too should contact your federal or local lawmaker’s at 202-224-3121 and demand it.

    The TEA PARTY does not segregate any race or nationality as the Liberal media would like you to believe, it doesn’t alienate any person who is here—LEGALLY. The WE THE PEOPLE TEA PARTY of tens of millions of members just requests that the 1986 Immigration law (IRCA) enforced and not altered to pander to illegal migrants and immigrants. Learn some fact-finding by researching at NumbersUSA, American Patrol, and Judicial Watch and Heritage Foundation sites. Outside of the radical manipulation of the Liberal press, read THE TRUE FACTUAL daily news columns at “American Patrol” Site. The E-Verify program must be succeeding as 4 Democrats have now co-sponsored this bill and you too should contact your federal or local lawmaker’s at 202-224-3121 and demand that this bill be passed.


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