Juvi Jefferson

The Newest Israelis

After a years-long battle, migrant families get permanent residency; others still in limbo.

02/28/2012
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The phone call last week from the Interior Ministry broke 18 months of limbo for Juvi Jefferson and her 8-year-old son David over whether they would be able to remain in Israel or be deported to the Philippines.

The Jeffersons and hundreds of other migrant worker families had been waiting for Israel to implement a series of guidelines from August 2010 to grant permanent residency status to children already studying in Israeli schools.

Juvi Jefferson and her third-grade son David show off their brand- new Israeli ID cards and permanent residency visas.
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