There are likely a number of people in Louisiana who are currently worried about immigration problems. Some may have family members (or may themselves be) facing immigration detention situations that could result in deportation and permanent separation of loved ones. A situation in another state involves a man with no criminal record who was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after he gave an interview regarding another person's arrest.
In Louisiana and across the country immigration continues to be a hot button issue. At recent town meeting in another state, approximately 300 people showed up to oppose a proposed construction project. Under the proposal, local farmland would be converted into an immigration detention facility.
Millions of children in the United States, including some in Louisiana, are born and raised in households that contain undocumented immigrants. In many families, it is one or both parents themselves who came here to start new lives but did not have paperwork in order when they did so. This type of situation can place children at risk if a parent or both parents are taken into custody for immigration detention.
It's hard to come to a new country and try to start over. You move your family, make new friends and potentially learn a second language. You do your best to fit in and make something of yourself.
If you are an immigrant living in Louisiana, you may be able to relate to others who say they often worry about deportation. It's definitely a hot topic and often the center of great controversy in political discussions and even those held in private circles. There appears to have been an increase in immigration detention situations in recent months. However, some people avoid detainment when they apply for U visas.