Jump To Navigation
Don't see what you're looking for? Search our site:

Baton Rouge Legal Blog

Processing US immigration law applications taking longer

People can face immigration issues for a number of reasons. Some parties in Louisiana may need to adjust their status or seek to avoid deportation, or they may want to work toward becoming naturalized citizens. In many cases, immigrants want to follow U.S. immigration law in order to reach their desired outcomes in the correct way.

Unfortunately, following the proper steps can make for a long but necessary journey, and these journeys may only take more time according to recent reports. Apparently, the amount of time it is taking the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to process the applications for any type of immigration issue has increased by 46 percent since the previous presidential administration's last fiscal year. While the current presidential administration is working to crack down on illegal immigration, some of its efforts are creating significant delays for legal immigration.

Several men in immigration detention being force-fed

Many people who come to the United States from other countries do so out of desperation. Unfortunately, while they come to Louisiana and other parts of the country in hopes of finding better lives, many individuals often end up in immigration detention. During their time in such facilities, they may continue to feel at risk rather than finding the safe relief they had initially hoped for.

It was recently reported that several men in a detention center in another state are being force-fed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The individuals have reportedly gone on a hunger strike, and one man stated that his protest was against the unfair treatment he and other detainees receive from the guards. During the force-feeding process, which currently involves nine men, the individuals are tied to a force-feeding bed and have tubes put into their noses and IVs put in their arms.

Immigrants play a vital role in the U.S. economy

As an immigrant, you come to America or want to come to America with the hope of having success. You want a better life for yourself and for your family.

While there is always talk among Americans of how immigrants might negatively affect the country, the reality is that most people understand that immigrants positively impact business communities and the U.S. economy. They are an essential part of the national economy and contribute to economic growth.

Even US citizens can end up in immigration detention

Being detained by authorities can be an anxiety-inducing situation for anyone. For individuals in immigration detention, the predicament may seem even more harrowing because they may face the possibility of deportation. However, even U.S. citizens could end up in this type of detention and be kept for days, if not longer.

Louisiana residents may be interested in such a case that was recently reported. A former U.S. Marine was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after he was released from local law enforcement custody for a misdemeanor charge. The man was handed over the ICE because officers apparently thought he was an immigrant living in the country illegally. Officials indicated that the man made a statement claiming that he was a foreign national living illegally in the country.

Asylum seekers may not have the plans they need before release

Fear can often spur individuals into taking drastic actions. For many people in other countries who are facing potential persecution, their fear can cause them to decide that seeking asylum in the United States may be their best option. Of course, arriving safely in Louisiana or other parts of the country is not always easy, and it is likely that individuals will be held in immigration detention.

Commonly, Immigration and Customs Enforcement would detain asylum seekers and later release them when the individuals had travel plans arranged. However, the presidential administration claims that these "catch-and-release" practices are no longer applicable and that "catch-and-detain" is more appropriate. Of course, numerous people cross the southern border of the United States in hopes of seeking asylum, and due to a lack of detention space, those individuals are quickly being released.

Man seeks sanctuary due to US immigration law issues

The current government shutdown is having far-reaching repercussions. In particular, individuals affected by U.S. immigration law are feeling these impacts as their cases face numerous setbacks. Some Louisiana residents may worry that they could face deportation or other negative outcomes because of the delays in their cases.

It was recently reported that a man in another state has had to seek sanctuary in a church due to the government shutdown and its effects on his immigration case. Apparently, the man has been pursuing citizenship since 2011, but the man was pulled over for a traffic violation and recently missed a court date because of an issue with the mail resulted in him not receiving a summons. Now, he is worried that he will be deported.

A father of 3 facing serious US immigration law problems

Louisiana immigrants who have been living, working and raising families in the United States for more than 10 years are not guaranteed to avoid legal status problems, even though more than a decade has past since their arrivals. A man in another state, who is a husband and father of three, can attest to this fact. He has been living in the U.S. since 1992 and was recently taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

The man's  three children are U.S. citizens. For the past year, he has been living in the church where he sought sanctuary around Christmas time last year, after the U.S. government informed him that he was being ordered to leave the country. A request was made for immigration officials to place a stay on his deportation process while he tries to work out his legal status problems.

A man and his son have been placed in immigration detention

Many Louisiana households include members who emigrated to the United States from other countries. Some, in particular, are currently facing immigration detention problems regarding legal status issues or other matters. A father and son in another state are trying to resolve similar problems.

The father is a 47-year-old man who was apparently convicted of entering the U.S. under false pretenses some years ago. In recent months, he sought sanctuary from a local church and was residing in the basement of the church building. The man's wife is reportedly quite ill and in need of heart surgery.

Government shutdown causes issues for US immigration law system

Individuals who have immigration cases pending or currently underway often feel a great deal of anticipation. As their hearing dates approach, they may feel a mixture of emotions as they may hope for the best, fear the worst and simply feel relieved that their cases are moving forward. Unfortunately, many individuals working on U.S. immigration law cases in Louisiana and elsewhere may face setbacks.

Though any number of issues could derail an immigration case, the current government shutdown is wreaking havoc on the immigration system. Immigration courts already have a substantial backlog of cases, and the shutdown appears to only be making the situation worse because immigration judges have been furloughed during this time. As a result, current cases cannot move forward, and due to the substantial backlog, hearings that were already scheduled may not be rescheduled for some time.

Changes in immigration laws make immigration harder in 2019

In 2019, there will be changes in how immigration is approached. Throughout 2018, there were several changes that made it harder for people to come to America. In fact, there have been no favorable actions taken toward highly skilled immigrants in the entire term of the current president.

As a result, there are people who hold H-1B visas who are scared to try to change their jobs. They worry that they will be denied or have a long wait for an approval, since processing times currently take up to 10 months and won't resume until February 2019.

FindLaw Network

Contact Our Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close
Visa | MasterCard | Discover Network | American Express
Review Us
Expertise Best Litigation Attorneys in Baton Rouge 2017