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US immigration law regulation affects low-income people

Many people struggle with their finances for various reasons. Some individuals may feel that making a drastic change in their living arrangements could allow them to seek better financial opportunities. For instance, certain people in other countries may come to the United States in hopes of finding better job opportunities, but more regulations relating to U.S. immigration law could make that more difficult.

Louisiana readers may be interested in a new regulation relating to low-income immigrants looking to obtain green cards or visas. Reports indicated that having a low income or having utilized government benefits like food stamps, housing vouchers and most forms of Medicaid could hinder a person's application for coming to or staying in the country. The regulation is reportedly in efforts to ensure that those coming to the United States or those hoping to remain permanently will be self-reliant.

US immigration law policy changes affect U-visa applicants

Being the victim of a crime is a frightening experience. When a person is a victim and is also worried about coming forward to report the crime because of his or her immigration status, it can be an even more harrowing time for that person. In some cases, individuals can qualify for U-visas that allow them to remain in the country legally if they can help law enforcement with the investigation into the crime. However, just like many other changes to U.S. immigration law, policies regarding U-visas are seeing modifications.

Louisiana readers may be interested in the recent policy changes regarding U-visas. According to reports, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement would previously work with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to determine the likelihood of a U-visa being approved before determining whether to approve a person's stay of removal request. If the USCIS indicated a likelihood of eligibility, ICE would be more likely to approve the stay of removal. 

Grants may help with citizenship pursuit under US immigration law

Wanting to become a citizen of the United States can seem like a far-off dream for many immigrants in Louisiana and across the country. It is not unusual for many obstacles relating to U.S. immigration law and other factors to stand in their way, including expenses related to filing their petitions. Fortunately, recent news may give hope to some pursuing this dream.

It was recently reported that the current presidential administration intends to provide $10 million through two grant programs in efforts to help current permanent residents become citizens. Citizenship preparation programs can apply for the grants and, in turn, help low-income individuals work toward completing the citizenship process if the grant applications are approved. These programs often help parties understand the naturalization process and how to get ready for it.

Asylum eligibility requirements may narrow

Being in danger or having a family member in danger is a harrowing situation. In some cases, individuals may face threats in their home countries that make it dangerous for them to even remain in their homelands. As a result, many come to the United States to seek asylum, but as of late, obtaining this protection is becoming more and more difficult.

Louisiana readers may be interested in recent reports indicating that the current presidential administration may further narrow the eligibility for asylum seekers. Apparently, the restrictions are coming in efforts to reduce the number of asylum cases, including purportedly fraudulent ones. In particular, individuals who are seeking protection from threats that first came against a family member may no longer qualify. In the past, family members have been considered part of a particular social group that individuals could face persecution for being part of.

Seeking asylum: What to know about reaching the border

The United States has long provided safety to those who have to flee persecution. To obtain help and freedom from that persecution, a party can seek asylum. Asylum can help those who come to America avoid being sent back to their own countries due to the very real threat to their lives.

People who arrive at the United States' border have the right to request asylum. You have the right to seek asylum without being separated from your children, turned away or criminalized for doing so.

Sponsoring a spouse takes time under US immigration law

For many Louisiana residents and others across the United States, finding love in their local area was not in the cards for them. Instead, they found love while traveling abroad, while overseas for work or maybe even online when talking to someone from another country. While this is not an unusual turn of events, it does mean that individuals will need to follow certain steps in U.S. immigration law if they marry and want their foreign spouses to live in the country.

Like many other immigration processes, sponsoring a spouse involves many steps and can take a considerable amount of time to complete. For instance, the citizen spouse can file a petition for an alien relative, or form I-130, for the foreign spouse to come to the country, but it can take approximately five months for that petition to be approved. Even after approval, the spouse coming to the United States will need to work toward an adjustment of status, which includes additional steps and paperwork.

Knowing their rights could help immigrants during ICE interaction

Many individuals who came to the United States looking for better lives may feel as if they are only facing more turmoil. Unfortunately, it seems as if there are threats to the livelihood of immigrants living in Louisiana and other parts of the country every day. Indeed, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are set to begin rounding up individuals, so it is wise for individuals to understand their rights.

Even individuals who immigrated to the United States have certain rights, especially when it comes to how law enforcement addresses them. For instance, individuals have the right to remain silent, and they do not have to open the door for ICE agents if the agents come to their homes. Agents only have the ability to search a residence if they have the proper search warrant, probable cause or a resident's consent. Individuals do not have to consent to searches when asked.

Immigration roundups possible in the near future

Many immigrants live in Louisiana and other parts of the United States in fear that they will face deportation. Unfortunately, these immigration concerns are valid as numerous policy changes and actions against immigrants are taking place across the country. In fact, recent reports indicate that approximately one million immigrants with removal orders could be deported in the near future.

The acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services indicated that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are ready to "perform their mission" in regard to locating, detaining and deporting about one million individuals who have removal orders. However, all these individuals may not face deportation. The acting director indicated that the operations that ICE will carry out will target specific individuals with removal orders, but those individuals had apparently not yet been determined.

Immigrant discrimination: Stand up for yourself

It's the harsh reality that many people in America are treated as if they're lesser than others as a result of being an immigrant or appearing to be an immigrant. For some, this means facing discrimination despite being born in the United States, even though that is unfair and illegal.

U.S. law requires that employers and others be fair to those who are immigrants or have a different religious or cultural background. In fact, if you are discriminated against because of your culture or cultural background, you can even bring a claim against an employer.

Further arguments made against asylum policy

Lately, it seems as if the tragic stories involving immigrants are constantly in the news. Unfortunately, many individuals trying to obtain asylum in Louisiana and other parts of the United States are continuing to face significant hardships as they try to make better lives for themselves. It also appears that their fights are far from over.

It was recently reported that the union for the U.S. asylum officers is attempting to put an end to the "return to Mexico" policy, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, that the current presidential administration has put into effect regarding prospective asylees. The argument for the end of the policy indicated that the asylum officers have a duty to prevent persecuted individuals from returning to areas where they will face prosecution. However, the officers are now in a predicament in which they must either comply with policy or protect asylees.

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