New immigration policy may keep Marine vet, family together

New immigration policy may keep Marine vet, family together

"Alejandra counts her blessings.  In addition to having the house, a beautiful family and a good job, she has something that can never be taken away: the unbelievable generosity of a high-school teacher who kept her in school and, eventually, pushed her to get a college degree – she chose Salem College.  Still, something is missing: legal immigration status.  Alejandra cannot fix her immigration status without returning to Mexico and facing a possible ban from re-entering the U.S. for up to 10 years.  But under a new immigration policy implemented this month by the Obama administration, she aims to become a permanent resident, known commonly as someone who has a green card.  Spouses, children and parents of veterans and active members of the military may apply for what is referred to as “parole in place,” the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Nov. 15, a Friday.  The following Monday, Alejandra submitted an application to USCIS through the Winston-Salem law firm of Elliot Morgan Parsonage, where she works as a bilingual legal assistant.  The wife of a veteran, Alejandra likely is eligible." - Winston-Salem Journal, Nov. 28, 2013.