Many Louisiana immigrants are currently trying to rectify situations that have led to their own or their loved ones' detainments. Immigration detention centers in this and many other states are often filled to capacity, if not overflowing, especially since many areas have experienced an increase in Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests in recent months. A troubling incident occurred recently in another state, involving a teenage girl who reportedly fled ICE custody.
As many Louisiana immigrants may attest, thousands of people come to the United States when they are unable to find jobs in their countries of origin. In fact, many later say they were living in such poverty that they felt it was better to risk illegally entering the U.S. than try to survive another day in their circumstances. Such situations often lead to immigration detention, as it did for one man in another state who had been living, working and raising a family in the United States for approximately 14 years.
For those who were born and raised in Louisiana or other U.S. locations, it may be difficult to imagine the fear and stress many immigrants experience when they arrive in the United States. U.S. immigration law is complex and often changes. Navigating the immigration process can be quite daunting, leaving some to question whether they want to brave crossing a border or should simply return to their countries of origin.
U.S. immigration law instructs ICE officials to detain pregnant women in Louisiana and elsewhere who have not yet entered their third trimesters if their paperwork is not in order when they cross U.S. borders. A 23-year-old woman was approximately four months pregnant when she was detained. Sadly, she suffered a miscarriage in an immigration detention center, which she says happened because officials denied her request for emergency medical attention.
Part of what makes the United States unique is that it is populated by immigrants from all over the globe. There are few residents here whose ancestors did not emigrate from other countries at some point in the past.
A woman who emigrated from Guatemala to the United States recently told reporters about the many challenges she and her family have faced along the way. She came here seeking asylum; yet, not only has that not been granted, her husband, who also fled their country of origin, is now facing possible deportation. It all began when the woman's family was supposedly threatened by gang members because she and her husband were affluent. They are now entangled in a situation to which many Louisiana residents can relate.