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.
Many parents arrive at U.S. borders fleeing from poverty and/or violence in their countries of origin. They seek protection in the United States. However, as with all immigration policies, there are specific legal steps that must be taken to officially request asylum. It is during the interim of such proceedings that parents are often detained until decisions are rendered as to whether their asylums will be granted or they will face deportation.
Any Louisiana resident who is currently facing legal status problems or is trying to help an immediate family member who is can reach out for support by requesting a meeting with an experienced immigration and naturalization law attorney. There are often several viable options available to resolve a particular immigration detention issue. Making the right connections for support can help find the solutions that best fit a particular family's immediate needs and long-term immigration goals.