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Family immigration difficult when interviews lead to detainment

Moving to a new country, building a life and changing one's immigration status is not easy. Many people rely on family immigration to help them through the process, including receiving a green card by marrying a United States citizen. However, some people are concerned about what has recently taken place at some marriage interviews with immigration officials.

Louisiana readers may be interested in one couple's difficult outcome after a marriage interview. The man, who is an immigrant, and his wife, a U.S. citizen, believed that they had successfully completed their marriage interview. The woman felt relieved and could not wait to tell their family members, but soon after, the man was arrested by officials for deportation. The woman stated that she felt the interview was set up as a trap so that her husband would be arrested.

It takes hard work to become a citizen of the United States

It is a major life change to leave one's home country to live in another country. After a time, however, many immigrants come to see the United States as their home and want to become citizens. Of course, numerous people in Louisiana and across the country who have this goal understand how difficult it can be to achieve.

A lot of work goes into just applying to become a U.S. citizen. First, it is necessary to have all the proper paperwork in order. To begin, applicants will need to file the application for naturalization, which is Form N-400. In order to file, the applicant must be at least 18 years old and have been lawfully admitted into the country.

Asylum seekers often face lengthy wait times

Many people feel unsafe at some point in their lives. For some, the fear can be so substantial that they leave their home countries in search of asylum in the United States. Though they may hope to find a better situation than what they left behind, that safety is not always guaranteed.

It is common for people to end up in Louisiana and other states in efforts to escape the fear of persecution in their native countries. If they successfully reach the border, they are commonly detained by Border Patrol agents and taken to a holding facility for processing. They often remain in holding for varying lengths of time. Some parties are held for months, but some are released if there is not enough room in the processing facilities.

Immigration is negatively affected by America's policies in 2019

If you previously wanted to come to the United States to live or already live here but want to bring your family, you may be sorely aware of how the current administration has made it more difficult for immigrants to come to the U.S. In fact, the U.S. population saw the slowest rise in immigration since 2008 in 2018.

According to the census data, the more restrictive approach approved by the Trump administration is working to reduce immigration, and it dropped by around 200,000 people in 2018. That's a decline of over 70 percent from 2017.

Despite exception to US immigration law, man faced detainment

Like with most rules, there are exceptions to certain immigration-related issues. For instance, even if a person did not enter Louisiana or another part of the United States legally, he or she may not be detained in the event that the individual is participating in a lawsuit against an employer for work-related violations. Of course, even exceptions to U.S. immigration law rules can be ignored by officials.

It was recently reported that this type of scenario happened to an individual in another state. The 45-year-old Chinese national is currently involved in a lawsuit with his former employer over unpaid wages. The man claims that he is owed approximately $200,000. The man had gone to lunch with one of his attorneys after giving a deposition, and before entering the restaurant, the man was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Louisiana seeing rapid increase in immigration detention

Immigration issues are affecting people in all areas of the country. Immigration detention is becoming a serious concern for immigrants and advocates alike, and it seems to many as if numerous detainees go in and only a few come out. Some states are seeing more detainees and detention centers than others.

In particular, Louisiana has one of the fastest-growing numbers of detained immigrants in the United States. Immigration and Customs Enforcement contracted with private prison companies in the state to create more detention centers. As of early August, there were nearly 4,000 detainees in the state, and in September, ICE contracted to open another eight detention centers, which would more than double the number of beds available to detain immigrants.

Judge once again blocks proposed asylum limits

Political atmospheres can easily become complicated. Lately, it seems as if there is much back-and-forth regarding immigration and asylum in the United States, and that trend only continues. As new policies are proposed, blocked, appealed, granted or blocked again, many people in Louisiana and across the country undoubtedly feel uneasy.

It was recently reported that a federal judge restored his block to a rule proposed by the current presidential administration. The order would prevent individuals from seeking asylum in the United States if they first lived or traveled through a third country before coming to the United States, namely individuals from Central America who must first travel through Mexico. The judge had initially blocked the order, but it was then allowed to apply to certain states. 

US immigration law change may affect children of military members

Many Louisiana residents and those elsewhere consider being in the United States military an honor. Many servicemembers live their lives outside of the country due to the duties they must carry out. As a result, it is not uncommon for military members to have children born in other countries or to adopt children from other countries. However, the automatic citizenship that these children previously received is now under question due to yet another U.S. immigration law policy change.

According to reports, military members and other federal personnel living abroad may now need to take extra steps to secure citizenship for their children. This policy change has sparked concern and confusion because the rollout of the policy was reportedly not well coordinated. However, officials with the current presidential administration have stated that birthright citizenship would not be affected and that only certain families would face the impacts of the policy.

Woman facing deportation despite U-visa application

Many people want to take steps to help themselves out of difficult or even dangerous situations. In some cases, it can be extremely difficult to take those steps due to the circumstances, such as a victim of domestic violence being afraid to take action. When individuals are also immigrants in the United States, they may wonder whether certain courses of action, like applying for a U-visa, will actually help them.

Louisiana readers may be interested in one woman who likely feels that the U-visa program was not as helpful as she had hoped. According to reports, the woman had come to the United States from El Salvador and has lived in the country for 15 years. She was recently taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, and she applied for a U-visa due to being a victim of domestic violence.

4 questions that tell the truth about immigration

Immigration, although it is often spoken about in a negative way, is something that the United States needs to survive. Immigrants coming from other countries bring new ideas and cultures to the U.S. They also fill positions in workplaces that otherwise may be left empty.

These are four questions that may clear up misconceptions about immigrants and immigration. From education to naturalization, here's what you should know.

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