US Immigration Law: Implications for Undocumented Immigrant Children and Families
Facilitated by Lindsey Sweet, founding partner of Sweet & Paciorek, LLC, a Chester County immigration and nationality law firm.
While the United States Immigration laws passed by Congress have not undergone an overhaul in almost 20 years, the policies of what undocumented immigrants are, who should be detained by ICE, who constitutes an asylum seeker, and who is likely to become a public charge have all changed drastically over the past 3 years. These shifts in policy have had dramatic effects on both undocumented and documented immigrant children and their families.
This session will bring you up to speed on the current legal landscape for many of Chester County's immigrant families by answering some of the pressing questions being asked by educators across the county:
- What immigration options are still available for undocumented children and families to obtain lawful status in the United States?
- My student says that he/she is seeking asylum-what does that mean?
- What happens if one of my student's parents is detained during the school day?
- What is the public charge rule and who does it apply to?
A native of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Lindsey has also lived and studied in Veracruz, Mexico. After graduating from Haverford College, Lindsey worked with the Pennsylvania Migrant Education Program for 4 years where she provided supplemental education to the children of migrant farmworkers in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Since 2006, Lindsey has worked defending immigrant legal rights and has been licensed to practice law in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 2009.