Thursday, June 7th, 2018

SIJ Visa Offers Path for Some Immigrant Youth

"Maria Boudet has no memory of Mexico or how she came to the United States.  What she does remember is the year she turned 16 and found out she was living in the country illegally.  Two years ago, her mother was deported, her brother was detained and she was put in foster care.  A powerful reminder of all she lost and gained is printed on the top right corner of her green card: "SL6."  That's the code for special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS), the little-known program that allows Boudet and hundreds like her each year to live and work in the U.S. as a legal permanent resident." – Ashley Hopkinson, AP, Aug. 25, 2012.