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Immigrants in another state must be told of their asylum rights

A judge in another state has ruled that immediate reform must take place regarding one of the nation's immigrant detention facilities. In Louisiana and other states, immigrants who enter the United States without proper documentation are often apprehended at the border (or later) and detained while they await removal trials. The judge in this case said immigrants must now be informed of certain asylum rights they have; also, they may no longer be confined indefinitely if there are no reasons to deny parole.

U.S. immigration law is a hot topic that is likely to raise debate wherever it is mentioned. Immigrant advocates commenting on the recent ruling in another state say the judge did the right thing, because people who flee imminent danger and seek refuge in the United States should be able to reside with their loved ones while they await their hearings. The situation was prompted by a class action lawsuit the Civil Liberties Union filed on the behalves of 30 asylum seekers.

Immigration detention led to military veteran's deportation

A family in another state was recently reunited after having been separated for a long time. Many Louisiana residents may relate to the situation, which began with one member of this particular family being sent to an immigration detention center. Fathers, mothers, and even children continue to be detained across the United States, which has prompted immigration advocates to call for system reform.

The reunited family spent years apart, with the mother working three different jobs in order to make ends meet. Her husband, a U.S. Army and National Guard veteran, was detained in an immigration prison for a year and a half without possibility of bond. He was then deported to his country of origin.

3 reasons to work with an immigration attorney

You're worried about your place in the United States. You are here on a visa, and you want to make sure you can stay. You recently had a run-in with the law, and now you're not sure if you're at risk of deportation.

The best thing for someone in your situation to do is to become familiar with immigration law. A good way to do this is by talking to your immigration attorney about your specific questions and concerns. Why should you speak to an attorney? Here are a few reasons.

Questions regarding U.S. immigration law?

Leaving your country of origin and coming to Louisiana to live and work may have been a very stressful experience. Whether your plans were carefully thought out and all appropriate paperwork secured before crossing the borders of the United States, or your entrance was more of an abrupt and urgent situation, there will likely be many challenges lying ahead of you as your seek to rebuild your life in America. U.S. immigration law is complex and often changes; therefore, it's good to know where to turn for support if needed.

People emigrate to the United States for various reasons. Some wish to invest in the economy by starting their own businesses here. Others arrive with immediate plans to marry U.S. citizens. There are also those who fear for their lives in their native lands; thus, when they come to the United States, it is to escape imminent violence, danger and poverty.

Government places 10-year-old girl in immigration detention

Any parent who has witnessed his or her child suffering from a medical ailment understands how heartbreaking it can be. Most Louisiana parents would do just about anything to get their sick children the help they need to get well again, even if that means admitting them to hospitals for surgery. One child, age 10, recently underwent surgery in another state for removal of her gallbladder. From there, rather than being sent home to recuperate with loving family members, she was ordered into immigration detention.

An advocate speaking for the child requested that medical officials allow her to recover in the custody of family members who also happen to be U.S. citizens. The request was denied and the child, who has cerebral palsy, was taken to a children's shelter. The shelter is said to be equipped to address her medical needs while her immigration case is being processed.

U.S. immigration law offers U visas to victims of crimes

When a person emigrates to Louisiana from another country of origin, it may be to escape violence or abject poverty conditions. Fleeing to the United States is often a last ditch effort to survive and strive for a better life. U.S. immigration law is quite strict regarding those who enter the nation without documentation, however.

This leads to many legal problems for some. There are situations where people finally set roots in this state or other states, only to become victims of violent crimes here in America. In such cases, the federal government often allows such victims to apply for U visas, which allow them temporary protection against deportation.

Immigration detention, release, and criminal charges

Some time ago, a high court in another state ruled that local law enforcement agencies could not hold an immigrant in detainment based solely on a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. One man's immigration detention made the news in Louisiana and throughout the nation at the time, which is what ultimately led to that ruling. The same man wound up being detained by ICE for several months as officials tried to secure his removal.

Their plan apparently did not pan out due a complication involving the man's parents, both Cambodian refugees. Neither of their countries of origin would accept the man as a citizen. ICE was forced to release him back into society in the United States.

Immigration detention may impact children's mental health

Many families in Louisiana have had one or more of their members taken away by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Stories of aggressive arrests and children watching in horror from the sidelines as events transpire are rampant in neighborhoods, schools and communities where many immigrants live. Most advocates agree that immigration detention situations can have lasting, negative effects on children who witness them.

The term, "adverse childhood events" is often used to describe emotional or physical trauma that has long-term negative consequences on children. When ACE is included on a psychiatric assessment form, however, there is typically no mention of immigration arrests or other events related to possible removal situations. This may be why recent reports suggest immigrant children are less likely to experience ACE than children born in the United States.

DREAMers at risk under Trump proposal

It's hard to focus on the future when you are constantly looking over your shoulder, fearing deportation from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. If you are a Louisiana Dreamer, i.e., children and young adults who have been covered under the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, your life here in the United States hangs in the balance.

DREAMers future in Trump's hands

Immigration detention concern of many in Louisiana

U.S. immigration laws are not set in stone; in fact, these laws are constantly evolving and a number are likely to change in the near future. Immigration detention is a process that has also gone through many changes in recent years. Most recently, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is slated to end in the near future, causing many Louisiana immigrants to worry.

It is not only undocumented immigrants who fear deportation. To the contrary, many people with permanent residency visas, and even naturalized citizens, have reported problems regarding their statuses and deportation laws. Undocumented immigrants are definitely most at risk, however, and many say they live in constant fear that they will leave their homes and come back to find one or more family members missing.

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