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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. 

Woman seeking asylum has been detained again

A woman in another state who was brought to the United States as a child has spent the majority of her life here. In fact, many of her older relatives are U.S. citizens. She, herself, has sought asylum, but she has run into several legal problems in recent years. Louisiana asylum seekers may want to keep tabs on this case.

Mother says U.S. government treated her unfairly regarding asylum

Many people who now live and work in Louisiana came here from other countries of origin, including some from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some immigrants' journeys went according to plan, by filing the necessary paperwork, attending interviews and awaiting their entrance dates. Others, however, have fled to the United States in fear for their lives, seeking asylum from the U.S. government.

Asylum offices apparently no longer off-limits for ICE arrests

A man whose country of origin is Sudan was hoping to obtain protection from the U.S. government. Instead, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials showed up immediately after his asylum hearing and placed him under arrest. An attorney speaking on his behalf said the move was unprecedented; in fact, asylum offices in Louisiana and elsewhere used to be treated as off-limits for ICE arrests, along with churches, courthouses and schools.

Asylum often stepping stone to citizenship in Louisiana

Many immigrants living in Louisiana are hoping to one day become naturalized citizens of the United States. Some arrived in this state through the asylum program. Not everyone is eligible for this protection, however, and not everyone who is granted asylum will successfully apply for citizenship. Each case is unique and immigration decisions are made according to individual circumstances in conjunction with existing laws and guidelines.

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