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Immigration detention finally ends for delivery driver

In July of this year, a young father of two was carrying out his normal duties during his pizza delivery shift. That particular day, his route included a stop to a U.S. army base. The man's life took a sudden turn for the worse when he was arrested and sent to an immigration detention center. Any Louisiana family that includes someone whose legal status is not secure may want to review this case.  

Many people were outraged at the situation. The man had reportedly been ordered to leave the United States in 2010. However, since then, he has been working to rectify that situation. He is married to a U.S. citizen. Both of his children are also U.S. citizens.  

Suicide is problematic in numerous immigration detention centers

If a Louisiana family has a loved one who is currently detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, it is only natural that family members may worry about their loved one's safety and well-being. After all, some situations result in family members never seeing a loved one again. It is understandable that such situations cause families (even those whose paperwork is in good standing) a lot of stress. A problem that remains ongoing at numerous immigration detention centers is suicide.  

A man who used to be in detention recently told of a day when he returned to his cell only to find one of his four other cellmates hanging from a pile of twisted bed sheets. The man's life was saved when detention guards cut the sheets loose before it was too late. This man's suicide attempt is reportedly not an isolated event.  

Trying to resolve US immigration law issues in Louisiana?

When you and your family arrived in Louisiana to live, you likely overcame multiple obstacles as you adapted to life as immigrants. U.S. immigration law is known for being quite complex. It also is prone to frequent changes, so it is critical that you do your best to stay updated because rules that apply to your particular situation may not be the same a month or a year from now.  

Keeping your paperwork in order is of primary concern, especially if you entered the United States on a family or employment-based visa. Visas expire, and there are definite steps you must take to apply for renewal. If you fail to do so or are late in filing, serious legal status problems can arise.  

5 tips for choosing your immigration attorney

You want to come to the USA, and to do so, you need to prepare documents for Visa applications. The last thing you want is to make mistakes that cost you the chance to come into the country.

It's important to choose an immigration attorney to help you who is skilled in obtaining Visas, citizenship and other important clearances. Here're a few tips on choosing your attorney.

Misdemeanor charge leads to immigration detention situation

The federal government has stated that immigrants who have been convicted of violent crimes are targeted for deportation. However, Louisiana immigrants and their families may want to be aware that those who are charged with misdemeanors also seem to be at risk for immigration detention. A situation that recently unfolded in another state is evidence of this. 

An undocumented immigrant had been living and working in the United States for the past 15 years. He was recently accused of stealing a woman's purse. Authorities say that security guards found the woman's money in the man's pockets.   

Mother and daughters celebrate reunion during asylum process

Within the past year, many Louisiana immigrants have arrived at U.S. borders as part of caravans of people who were fleeing violence and other life-threatening situations in their countries of origin. A mother and several daughters who arrived at a border in another state were placed in detention after seeking asylum. The woman also has another daughter, age 18, who was separately detained from the rest of her family.

The family members recently celebrated with other members of their new community after being released from detention and reunited with one another. The 18-year-old says she has not been in her country of origin for the past 13 years. She and her mother and siblings have reportedly been on the run, trying to escape gang violence.

Parents of five now worried about immigration detention

A married couple who emigrated from Mexico to live in the United States some years ago are the parents of five children. Several of their children were born in the United States. In fact, the youngest child only recently made his entrance into the world in a situation that quickly became stressful when his father was led away by immigration detention officers. Anyone in Louisiana currently facing detention problems may want to follow this case.

The man was driving his wife to the hospital to give birth to their son. He stopped at a local gas station along the way. His wife said that some men knocked on the window of their car, and she assumed they were security officers. She noted that the men did not identify themselves.

Facing immigration detention problems in Louisiana?

If the U.S. government suspects you of unauthorized entry into the United States, it may take immediate action against you. Part of that action will likely involve taking you to an immigration detention facility in Louisiana or elsewhere. While your detention does not necessarily mean you are going to be deported, it definitely means it is a possibility, unless you are able to rectify your situation.

At some point after being detained, you will likely have to attend an interview with immigration officials. Whether you are able to stay in the U.S. and secure a visa or face deportation back to your country of origin depends on many factors. It is critical that you make a good impression on your interviewers. Do you know that you are allowed to bring an attorney to your interview?

What you should know about being a Dreamer in America

You have lived in the United States for a long time, and you've maintained your Dreamer's status for years. Now, you want to renew it, but you're not sure if the government will allow it. Constant changes with immigration legislation make it hard to know what you can and cannot do to protect your right to stay in the United States.

One thing you should know is that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was being phased out by the current administration, but an injunction has been placed to help some people who would be caught in the transition and negatively impacted by the changes. Here is a little more about DACA and how the judicial system has stepped in to help those with previous Dreamer status.

US immigration law often changes and may impact Louisiana spouses

Many married couples in Louisiana earn dual incomes to help them make ends meet. This is true of citizen and non-citizen households. In fact, it is common for immigrant couples who have recently arrived in the United States to encounter financial challenges, necessitating both spouses finding gainful employment. Possible policy changes under U.S. immigration law, however, may complicate matters for spouses who obtained their jobs as H-4 visa holders.

The current presidential administration has talked about revoking the policy enacted under the Obama administration that allows spouses of H-1B visa holders to also secure employment in the U.S. Elimination of the policy would mean only the spouse who possesses an H-1B visa would be permitted to work in the United States. It is understandable how this might create serious financial problems for many families.

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