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.
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 15-year-old boy in another state recently had a less-than-typical school day. The day began rather uneventfully; in fact, he got up at his usual early-morning time to go to school to lift weights with his football teammates as many Louisiana high school students also do. Sometime during third period, however, he received news that caused him to worry. His stepfather worked a local concrete company that was reportedly the subject of a federal raid at that time, leaving his stepdad and many co-workers at risk for immigration detention.
As someone who is traveling from a dangerous, politically unstable country to the United States, you'll be seeking asylum. Asylum is provided to people who have suffered persecution or who fear they will due to their political opinions, membership in a social group, nationality, race or religion.
Every year, tens of thousands of people arrive in the United States, hoping to find safe places to build better lives for themselves and their families. Many of them come to Louisiana or some other state in fear for their lives due to violence, persecution and poverty in their countries of origin. Some are being hunted by angry government officials who want to retaliate against them for their religious or political views. The U.S. government extends a helping hand to many immigrants in such circumstances through the asylum process.
Louisiana and most other states include residents whose immigration paperwork was not up to par when they entered the United States. Some undocumented immigrants have only just arrived, perhaps weeks, days or even hours ago. Others have been living here for decades. Some wind up behind bars in immigration detention centers.