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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.

Immigrants in another state must be told of their asylum rights

A judge in another state has ruled that immediate reform must take place regarding one of the nation's immigrant detention facilities. In Louisiana and other states, immigrants who enter the United States without proper documentation are often apprehended at the border (or later) and detained while they await removal trials. The judge in this case said immigrants must now be informed of certain asylum rights they have; also, they may no longer be confined indefinitely if there are no reasons to deny parole.

What is political asylum?

If you are seeking political asylum, it’s vital that you understand exactly how the process works and what is entailed of you. While securing the services of a skilled immigration attorney in Louisiana is an essential aspect, you should also ensure that you are well-informed about political asylum and what it means.

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