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Aged Out migrants in USA face uncertain futures

January 2014, 21
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A 23 year old woman is currently pursuing a lawsuit in the United States which could change things for the future of children of migrants in the Country. The woman, named Allana Rambharose has been living in the United States since the age of 4 though was handcuffed and deported to her country of birth, Guyana due to the fact that she ages out her family’s visa. Her future is now uncertain.

Most of the woman's family are now U.S citizens, or on their way to being, this includes her parents, her sibling, Grandparents and many Uncles and Aunts. Allana, however, turned 21 at the wrong time and is now stuck in a kind of limbo due to the US immigration rules on Dependant Visas. She says that she feels as though she is being punished for a crime she has not committed.

Recently another migrant woman took a case to the supreme courts in the U.S after waiting for seven years for citizenship, as during that time her son turned 21 and ‘aged out’ the family visa bid so the woman would legally have to leave him in their native land or risk prosecution. When a dependant turns 21 they can no longer go under a parents visa and must pursue their own petition for a Visa, with only a limited number of family Green Cards issued annually in the U.S it can be a real difficulty for some families to stay together due to many backlogs.

Allanah’s father has put in a new immigration petition on her behalf but it is now a huge uncertainty to what will happen to the woman with the waiting time being up to six years, she could be immediately deported to a country she has not known since the age of four and has no family left there, no home to go to and limited job opportunities. Allanah describes her situation as a ‘nightmare’.There are many ‘aged out’ migrants in the U.S whom come from Mexico and the Philippines and these people can wait between 30-100 years currently.

The family of Allanah have been through so much at the hands of the U.S immigration system, their application was first made in the 1990’s but when their Tourist Visa ran out during the waiting time, Alana's father was detained and deported though her Mother and 17 year old brother (who was born in the U.S) were allowed to stay in the country. A fortnight after this, Allanah was going about her daily business which involved an appointment with Immigration officials as routine, she left the building in handcuffs. Later that night the young girl was frog marched through Kennedy Airport still handcuffed with many members of her family heartbroken and waving her off. At the time Allanah was 19 years old, she had no clue where she was going and was understandably terrified.

Allanah's father finally managed to reinstate the Families Visa but the appointment was made for two weeks after Allanah's 21st Birthday, which meant she was left out of the application by law despite her Fathers begging to bring the date forward, it did not happen.

Allanah is now in the United States after spending over two years alone in her birth Country, she is in America under Humanitarian Rights due to her psoriatic arthritis, this is a statuship which is checked every twelve months meaning she could face deportation again and her future is uncertain.

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