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Asylum seekers continue to wait outside the borders

For many Louisiana residents, waiting is the hardest part when hoping that something will occur. For individuals seeking asylum in the United States, they may find themselves waiting for months before they can even begin the process to find safety in this country. Unfortunately, their struggles only continue.

DNA testing may cause more complications for asylum seekers

Most people make some type of life-changing decision during their lives. These decisions can have minor or major impacts depending on the nature of the choices made. For individuals who face threats in their homelands, seeking asylum in Louisiana and other parts of the United States may be a life-changing decision they have to make.

US government working to appeal block of asylum policy change

The current climate regarding immigration has numerous people in Louisiana and elsewhere on edge. In particular, individuals hoping to obtain asylum in the United States are undoubtedly focused on the series of proposal changes, blocks to those changes and appeals currently affecting this area of immigration law. Unfortunately, it does not appear that a set outcome regarding certain policies is happening soon.

Asylum is not granted to just anyone

Many people often have mixed feelings about leaving home. They may feel sad or guilty about leaving their loved ones behind, or they may worry about leaving the security of what they have always known. On the other hand, some individuals may need to leave home due to the possibility of facing persecution, and as a result, they may choose to seek asylum in Louisiana and other parts of the United States.

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.

Man hoping for asylum says he fears being kidnapped

Immigration officials have dropped off hundreds of immigrants at a bus station in another state. Various advocate groups have stepped forward to help these people whose ultimate goal is to seek asylum in the United States. Thousands of Louisiana immigrants may recall similar journeys.

Mother and daughters celebrate reunion during asylum process

Within the past year, many Louisiana immigrants have arrived at U.S. borders as part of caravans of people who were fleeing violence and other life-threatening situations in their countries of origin. A mother and several daughters who arrived at a border in another state were placed in detention after seeking asylum. The woman also has another daughter, age 18, who was separately detained from the rest of her family.

Asylum: Difference between affirmative and defensive applications

The average Louisiana resident may have difficulty understanding various aspects of U.S. immigration law. Even those born and raised in the United States are sometimes confused by the legal terminology or the often-changing regulations that govern immigration processes in this country. This is particularly so now that immigration is a hot button issue politically. For instance, many people don't know that there are two types of asylum: affirmative and defensive.  

Woman who sought asylum worried her husband will be deported

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. 

Asylum application must be completed within a year of US arrival

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. 

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