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Woman suffered miscarriage in immigration detention center

U.S. immigration law instructs ICE officials to detain pregnant women in Louisiana and elsewhere who have not yet entered their third trimesters if their paperwork is not in order when they cross U.S. borders. A 23-year-old woman was approximately four months pregnant when she was detained. Sadly, she suffered a miscarriage in an immigration detention center, which she says happened because officials denied her request for emergency medical attention. 

The young woman asked that reporters not disclose her identity because she feared repercussions for herself and her family members. She says she began cramping and bleeding not long after being detained and begged ICE officers to help her obtain medical attention. Her pleas were reportedly ignored, and she eventually suffered a miscarriage. She also wound up choosing voluntary departure and was sent back to her country of origin, El Salvador.  

Immigration benefits the United States

Part of what makes the United States unique is that it is populated by immigrants from all over the globe. There are few residents here whose ancestors did not emigrate from other countries at some point in the past.

The world has become a kind of global community, which is partially due to the internet. Still, there are millions who try to come to America. If you are one of them, you should be aware that diversity is vital to the American economy.

Woman who sought asylum worried her husband will be deported

A woman who emigrated from Guatemala to the United States recently told reporters about the many challenges she and her family have faced along the way. She came here seeking asylum; yet, not only has that not been granted, her husband, who also fled their country of origin, is now facing possible deportation. It all began when the woman's family was supposedly threatened by gang members because she and her husband were affluent. They are now entangled in a situation to which many Louisiana residents can relate. 

The woman is a licensed nurse and her husband is a business owner. She says they were doing pretty well financially, until gang members started demanding money while threatening them with violence. It reached a point where she and her husband, parents of two young children, determined they needed to seek asylum in the this country.  

Executive order impacts immigration detention in Louisiana

Many Louisiana residents, especially those who are immigrants or have family members who are, may be glad to know that President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order whose stated purpose is to end a practice most people (regardless of political party) found morally reprehensible. In the past, children accompanying their parents across U.S. borders were separated from the adults while awaiting adjudication of asylum requests. In fact, more than 2,000 children were separated from accompanying adults when those adults were placed in immigration detention centers for entering the United States without proper documentation.  

It is definitely a hot topic across the nation, with strong emotions evoked on both sides. Many immigrant advocates say the executive order is a step in the right direction but that major reform is still needed regarding U.S. immigration laws, especially as they affect families. The president issued several public statements regarding his recent signature, saying a zero-tolerance policy remains in effect, but the government also wants to show compassion for children and their parents at the same time.  

Getting sick in an immigration detention center can be deadly

There may be immigrants in Louisiana who will wind up being taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at some point. Perhaps a traffic stop will lead to a particular detainment or ICE officers will go to a residence, specifically seeking a particular member of the household. Things like this happen every day, and many immigrants say they live in fear that it will happen to them or their loved ones. Recent news suggests that immigration detention centers are dangerous places to be, especially if a detainee becomes ill.  

Detainee death reviews were recently made public by ICE concerning immigrants who died in detention between 2015 and 2017. Medical analysts studied the reports and determined that most of the deaths involved substandard medical care. One man in particular had been vomiting and presenting symptoms of heart attack but was not transported to a hospital until it was too late to treat his condition. Sadly, he died a few days later.  

Overcoming family immigration problems in Louisiana

The face of the typical Louisiana family has changed through the years. Nowadays, many households in this and most other states include members who have arrived in their communities through the family immigration system. Some have set up shop in their own businesses, while others have sought paid employment by other means.  

Many immigrants encounter challenges as they cross the border or once they have settled in and are trying to arrange for various family members to join them here. Every family's needs and situation are unique, although several families may share experiences that are in common. For instance, many immigrant families include young adults who are living and going to college in the U.S. using student visas. Others crossed the border under more urgent circumstances, perhaps seeking asylum as they escaped violence, poverty or persecution in their countries of origin.  

Father of 2 being held in immigration detention

There are several options for seeking adjustment of legal status under U.S. immigration law. Many Louisiana residents apply for green cards when they marry U.S. citizens. That's what a man in another state did; yet, he recently wound up in an immigration detention center after being taken into custody at a military base in his local community.  

The man and his wife have two daughters, both of whom were born in the United States. He had already begun the process of seeking a legal status adjustment. He works as a pizza delivery man and says he had delivered food to the military base many times without suffering any repercussions. That all changed, however, when he showed his ID like he always does, but the guard on duty claimed it was insufficient.  

Understanding the U visa and your rights

You had been living in the United States for several years when you witnessed a violent crime in front of you. The person committing the crime saw you, and you quickly became a part of the attack. You were in the wrong place at the wrong time, but now you have an opportunity to help and get something beneficial in return.

Immigrants who are victims of crimes have an opportunity to obtain a green card called a U visa. The U visa is granted to certain foreign nationals who have been victims of crimes listed by the U.S. government. To get a U visa, you will also have to meet other eligibility requirements, but the primary requirement is that you must have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and be helpful to the prosecution in a criminal case in the United States.

US immigration law: Visa change may be good news for Louisiana

Summer in Louisiana, as in many other states, typically includes an influx of tourists and other visitors who have time away from their jobs and regular daily lives. U.S. immigration law allows employers to hire immigrants as seasonal workers when they legally obtain visas through specified work programs. In recent years, however, many U.S. employers say they have come close to ruin due to less visas being made available for those seeking seasonal work in the United States.  

Recent news suggests that's all about to change. The current administration has announced its plans to add approximately 15,000 visas to those now available to non-agriculture, seasonal workers. Known as H2-B visas, these "tickets to the U.S." will be available this fiscal year, says Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen.  

Advocates say immigration detention problems are rampant

Any number of issues could lead to an arrest by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Louisiana. Immigration detention centers are full of people who have been taken into custody, sometimes following incidents at a U.S. border, other times while awaiting hearings regarding possible deportation. Many immigrant advocates say there are major problems in some of these facilities, especially those on the West Coast.  

A 44-year-old man had reportedly complained about severe abdominal discomfort and other health-related issues over a period of two years. Sadly, he eventually died from a certain type of cancer that was ravaging his body. He was housed in a detention facility at the time and apparently was not provided any medical care until a month or so before he died.  

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