Family Reunification Should Be Top Priority, Local Groups Say

Gabriela Andrade hasn’t seen her grandparents in more than a decade. She may never see them again.

Andrade’s family moved to the U.S. from Brazil when she was 15 years old. She lives here, she works here, she files her taxes here, though the U.S. government would not know if she didn’t. This is because Andrade, now 26, is not a legal citizen. If she leaves the country to visit her grandparents in Brazil, she may not be able to return.

“Today, I speak English better than I speak Portugese, all my friends are American, I’ve traveled to more places here than I ever had in Brazil, I file taxes every year. I feel American so it’s hard to accept I am not welcome in my own country," she said.

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